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former us national security adviser john bolton has accused the white house of denying him access to his personal twitter account since he resigned in september. in his first tweet since then, he thanked twitter for returning control and told followers to stay tuned for "a backstory". with less than 3 weeks to go to the british general election, the leaders of the four biggest parties at westminster, have been given a grilling by members of the public, in a special edition of the bbc‘s question time. there were uncomfortable moments for them all as they made their pitches. the people of bougainville are voting on whether to seek independence from papua new guinea and become the world's newest country. the referendum in the island group was part of a peace deal agreed almost twenty years ago which ended a decade of civil war.
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coming up in 10 minutes time news watch but first on bbc news, click. streaming services have changed the entertainment landscape. they're taking bigger and bigger chunks from the dvd market, they've completely revolutionised the music industry, and they've got terrestrial tv execs quaking in their expensive boots. but what about streaming video games? well, that's a lot harder, because you need to make the game responsive and playable. so could streaming ever kill the games console?
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this week, tech giant google launched stadia, a brand—new games streaming platform. marc cieslak has been putting stadia through its paces to see if it lives up to the expectations. google stadia does away with one of these, a games console, and replaces it with one of these, a chromecast ultra. if you want to play a game on a tv, that is. stadia also allows you to play on a tablet, computer or phone. in theory it's capable of producing 4k visuals. it plugs into the back of a tv and then connects to a router. this then makes the connection with a data centre. this controller communicates with the router via wi—fi and allows me to actually play a game. streaming a game is more difficult than streaming video, because with video you have data travelling in one direction, from the server to the viewer. with a game, data travels both ways.
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the inputs i'm making to control the game travel to the server and the graphics displaying the effect of my input have to come back to me. this is where a potential problem could occur due to a thing called lag. if the inputs don't match up to the graphics, then the game becomes impossible to play. google claims its data centres use special tech which helps avoid this, as well as recommending that users are capable of receiving particular internet speeds. so the minimum spec required for stadia to actually work is an internet connection of iombps download and 1mbps upload speeds. so i have everything connected via wi—fi. are we ready now to consign our consoles to the bin? um, initially, no. because as you can see, performance is, well... it's a little bitjuddery, a little bit laggy, and nowhere near as smooth as you would expect from a console. and there we have "your game may stop because your
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connection isn't stable." i'm inside a bbc building using a router which should be more than capable as far as this is concerned. so what is stadia like out in the real world? so we take a quick trip across town to check. it's quite impressive. it's smooth, it works, we're playing the game. everything's working properly. but after a little bit of time playing, i've encountered quite a few issues with performance. we get graphics sticking... this is actually working quite well now, it's actually settled down quite a bit. i should point out i couldn't get stadia to work on any public wi—fi, though — the kind of stuff you find in cafes and bars. there are a number of videogame streaming services already available, but stadia is perhaps the most ambitious.
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so far it has a list of 22 titles at launch, and only one exclusive, and while games like tomb raider and destiny 2 are solid titles, they're not exactly brand—new games. we have work to do. but perhaps the biggest challenge to google comes from microsoft, its games streaming offering, which was on show at a recent xbox event. microsoft's response to videogame streaming is project xcloud. i'm playing halo: the master chief collection on a mobile phone over a wi—fi connection. the crucial difference, i suppose, between this service and google stadia, is that this is currently in its testing phase — microsoft taking a very cautious approach. my view is we're all in the testing phase. we're early in this technology. we view it will take many years before this technology becomes mainstream. there's been a lot of confusion
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about stadia's pricing, with lots of people thinking it's a "netflix for games." it's not. basically, the user pays a subscription to access the service. all the games must then be purchased in order to play them. but on this evidence, videogame streaming is surely the future. the problem is, today's technology isn't quite up to the task. newsreel: chapman built his first car for fun. it was an austin 7 special. no—one knows why, but he called it a lotus. since the ‘50s, lotus has been producing lightweight cars designed to thrill, from the classic ‘60s elan to formula i. commentator: 23 speed aces are on the grid at brands hatch to start the european grand prix. lotus has been specialising in affordable sports cars, offering 200, 300 or even 400 horsepower. but now, with new investors, its first foray into electric is as eye—wateringly expensive as it is powerful. and no—one has seen
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anything like it. this car is the first all british electric hypercar. it will be the most powerful production car in existence when it goes into production next year. it's a huge statement of intent, announcing that lotus is back. so we have four 500ps motors to deliver 2000ps in total. that's german for 1,973 horsepower.
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these are the first pictures of the evija in action on a test track. while it's still being tinkered with, it's in camouflage paint. but the new poster child for lotus is notjust a pretty picture. the evija will have some truly astonishing abilities under the hood. so, there's no gears. there is a single—speed box which means we have completely linear acceleration, from 0 to over 225 miles an hour. what that does do, is it gives us unbelievable acceleration. so we can go from 0—300km/h in significantly less than nine seconds. the lower seating position is afforded by placing the 600 kilograms of batteries in a pyramid formation behind the driver's seat. like a mid—mounted engine. we're working with partners to develop ultrafast chargers, which means we could charge this same car in less than nine minutes, up to 100%, and in about six
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minutes, up to about 80%. that would be truly world—class. that's all very well, dann, i hear you say. but where do i put my luggage? well, how about a carbon suitcase that you fit just here inside the driver's door? there's also one on the passenger side, so you're not fighting for space. at £2.2 million each, just 130 avayas will be made, starting next year. but the tech behind them will be around for a long time to come. cambridge union is the world's oldest debating society. in the past, it has hosted winston churchill, the dalai lama and theodore roosevelt, but tonight's star guests are not human but artificial intelligence. project debater: the next issue is bias... ibm's project debater is the first
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of its kind in the world. a machine that can debate humans on complex objects. and in another world —first, it is here tonight to help to humans debate the motion ai will do more harm than good. project debater, these take the floor. applause project debater: ai will not be able to make a decision that is the morally correct one. the two project debaters are present in this single avatar using a female voice. each team's debater presents the opening arguments for the debate, which has been determined from over 1,000 contributions, something ibm calls speech by crowd. project debater: we will demonstrate how ai will automate repetitive tasks, the next issue will show how ai will create new jobs. the system solves the responses into meaningful groups and identifies central themes. the ai generates a narrative from what it deems the most relevant information. and then the human team members take over to continue the debate. they peer deeply into our soul because of the amount of data we trail on an everyday basis. whereas with al, it's absolutely crucial.
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why? because without data, there is no ai. the fact you have an ability to collect information or to perhaps get evidence and be confronted with the other side is taking things humans already do as part of debating, but it's just enhancing abilities to do things much better. some abilities are just going be able to be pushed much further with the technology of our system. project debater: greetings, harish... project debater first faced debate champion harish natarajan back in february in san francisco. project debater: isuspect you've never debated a machine. and while losing the debate, the audience felt they had learned more about the subject from the ai and from the human champion. i think when you have access to far more information, it changes the way in which you think about the topic. and humans augment that by being able to talk about some of the emotional and moral issues, and i think at least at this stage, artificial intelligence is behind. the future is in a synergistic collaboration between the system and humans, and not
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in replacing humans. so you never think it will be sophisticated as a human in developing arguments? i believe when you're actually trying to use this technology, you should do that in collaboration with humans. in the end, tonight's ai—assisted debate was a tight—run contest — 51% voted against the motion that al would do more harm than good, with 48% voting for and 1% abstaining. so an ever—so—slightly upbeat view on the future of ai and human interaction in cambridge. and that's it for this week. the full version is available right 110w the full version is available right now on i plough, and we are on social media wherever you need us. thanks for watching and we will see you soon.
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hello and welcome to newswatch with me, samira ahmed. newsnight‘s interview with prince andrew was a journalistic coup but did bbc news keep the story in its headlines for too long this week? and watched by generations of children when they get home from school, why does newsround plan to drop its teatime television
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broadcast? since it emerged that prince andrew knew the late convicted sex offenderjeffrey epstein, questions have mounted over the extent of his involvement with him and the nature of their relationship. so when it was announced that newsnight had secured announced that newsnight had secured an interview with the duke of york there was a significant degree of anticipation and when the programme was broadcast on saturday, jaws dropped even more. you were staying at the house of a convicted sex offender. it was a convenient place to stay. i mean, i have gone through this in my mind so many times. at the end of the day, with the benefit of all of the hindsight that one could have, it was definitely the wrong thing to do. but at the time, i felt it was the honourable and right thing to do. the general verdict was that the prince had done himself no favours in what many considered to be a pr disaster newsnight was widely praised for its
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coup with some tweeting this: but others raised objections with mike 0wens declaring: margaret eales echoed that. and richard spooner pleaded: if one of newsnight‘s aims was to set the news agenda, that was certainly achieved, with the duke of
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