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This week in Tech: Berlin breakthroughs and robotic teamwork

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This week's technological news includes Berlin tech news, advances in gaming and AI and an amazing robotic team-working aid. Here's our full round-up...

AI

Map of earthquakes

Researchers from Harvard and Google have discovered that AI can help to predict the location of earthquake aftershocks, which has been difficult to achieve in the past.

The machine also analyses data from previous earthquakes to provide a greater understanding of what triggers them. Further development of this technology could help to minimise the harmful impacts of earthquakes in the future.

 

Gaming

Keyboard

In China, the government is calling for restrictions to be put on gaming so that young children cannot spend excessive periods of time looking at computers or smartphones. Concerns have been raised about the addictiveness of games and excessive screen time contributing to visual impairments or even blindness.

 

Consumer technology

IFA event room with television screens

The IFA, the world's leading trade show in consumer electronics, is being held in Berlin between 31st of August and 5th of September.

It is an event that takes place yearly, bringing together established technology companies, start-ups and consumers to buy and sell some of the latest technology. It also encourages collaboration to innovate in the field of technology. Some of the companies exhibiting their products include Aircharge who specialise in wireless charging facilities and Alango Technologies Ltd who make hearing aids more accessible with Bluetooth headsets.

Could this year's IFA show us some important technological advancements? 

 

The future of teamwork

Japanese engineers have created a prototype robot backpack called Fusion that can be worn by individuals to teach them new skills remotely.

The robot can either move independently or can be operated through the actions of another individual who can be in an entirely different location, via a virtual reality headset. This means that they can see the other person’s actions in real-time and pass on vocational knowledge through controllers. 

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