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‘Happy’ Afghan girls compete at robotics meet after US visa woes

WASHINGTON: Huddled around a small table in the halls of a cavernous Washington concert hall, a group of Afghan teenage girls tweak gears and sprockets on their radio-controlled robot, hoping to best the competition. But the six proud nerds from war-torn Afghanistan's western province of Herat almost didn't make it to the US capital for the chance to battle other high school students from around the world. Twice denied US visas until a late intervention by President Donald Trump's administration, they are now hoping to…

Cafe X unveils robotic café to serve coffee

SAN FRANCISCO: Cafe X Technologies on Monday unveiled its first robotic cafe in the U.S. by combining machine learning and robotics, aiming to eliminate the variability that bog down the coffee experience. Sometimes a coffee means something, it is an opportunity to catch up with friends or sit quietly among strangers, but other times coffee is pure fuel, a jolt of caffeine to kick you up and out of your sleepy doldrums. The Cafe X system is designed for humans and robots to collaborate allowing the operations team to…