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This week in Tech: Robotic Sharks and Interactive TV


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This week we explore AI to help anticipate and prevent trolling, and the rise of interactive television programmes.


Google unveiled a new cloud gaming provider, 'Stadia', at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week. The service will be available later this year, with the option to instantaneously stream a game that a content creator is playing on YouTube. Games can be streamed on laptops, desktops, TVs, tablets and phones.

Image Credit: Pixabay

Image credit: Pixabay

Environmental Technology

The World Wide Fund for Nature and Sky Ocean Rescue have released the WasteShark to clear plastic waste from Devon harbour. The robot was developed by RanMarine, a Dutch company, and can collect up to 60kg of waste per trip. The device can run for eight hours after being charged. 


Artificial Intelligence

Dr Srijan Kumar from Stanford University is creating an AI that can anticipate online conflict. Kumar researched previous cases of interactions on the internet and used this to develop a model to analyse text. A moderator could then be alerted if there was potential for malicious behaviour or trolling.

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Todd Yellin, vice president of product innovation at Netflix, announced that the streaming service would increase the number of interactive programmes they produce in the future. This decision follows the release of ‘Bandersnatch’ at the end of last year, a Black Mirror episode that allowed viewers to make decisions to determine the storyline.

 Image credit: Pixabay

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