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Firefighters had a secret weapon when Notre Dame caught fire: A robot named ‘Colossus’



French officials say a robot named Colossus played a crucial role in saving the Notre Dame from complete destruction. The robot is part of a new wave of firefighting machines that are being used to keep people out of harms way when fires break out.

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Craftsmen built Notre Dame eight centuries ago. Now it may be up to robots to save it.



Builders will look to cutting-edge technology – like 3-D scans, robots, and video games – to return the ancient Notre Dame to its glorious past.

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Watch a self-driving car learn to navigate narrow European streets like a human driver



An upstart British company called Wayve claims it has created a self-driving car using satellite navigation and cameras. Instead of relying on sophisticated senors for navigation, the company claims the car uses uses machine learning to mimic how human drivers learn to drive.

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Walmart’s latest tool for ordering groceries: Google assistant



Beginning this month, customers who own a Google assistant can start using them to order groceries from Walmart. The voice command technology is the latest in a series of innovations designed to make the grocery shopping experience easier for busy customers, experts say.

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This teenager started playing video games 18 hours a day. Now he makes more money than most adults.



Griffin Spikoski spends as much as 18 hours a day playing video games. His hobby that has led to nearly 1.2 million subscribers and more than 71 million views on YouTube,netting him advertisers, sponsorships and a steady stream of income.

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Boston Dynamics’ newest robot is a massive birdlike machine that works in a warehouse



In their latest video, a Boston Dynamics robot can be seen working in a warehouse. The birdlike machine, called “Handle,” left many observers wondering about whether it might take human jobs.

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How GMU students’ eating habits changed when delivery robots invaded their campus



In January, 25 autonomous delivery robots descended on George Mason University’s campus. Today, the company that managed the machines, Starship Technologies, revealed how they’ve changed student behavior.

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Baristas beware: A robot that makes gourmet cups of coffee has arrived



The food industry is adjusting to an influx of robots. The latest example is Briggo, a fully automated, robotic coffee machine that can push out 100 cups of coffee in a single hour –– the equivalent of three to four baristas, according to the company.

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Parents charged in the college admissions scandal are turning to this convicted felon for advice on life in prison



In the college admissions scheme that captured the public’s attention last week, prison consultants saw an opportunity. Part fixer and part therapist, their jobs range from soothing exaggerated fears about sexual assault and answering the basic questions about hygiene (i.e. “How do I use the bathroom federal prison?”) to strategies for how a client might adopt for managing their business while they’re behind bars.

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A California company says it’s building a flying motorcycle powered by jet engines



The $380,000 vertical-takeoff-and-landing “Speeder” will reach at least 150 mph, have a 45-mile range and be able to fly as high as 15,000 feet, company officials say.