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suggests the taliban are attempting to track down people who worked with the nato—led coalition in afghanistan. the document says the taliban have lists of those who worked for the military, police and investigative units and have threatened their families. us officials say they're looking to fly 6000 people out of afghanistan over the coming hours, as their much—criticised withdrawal gains pace. a state department spokesperson said 20 flights were expected to take off from kabul. officials say it isn't clear exactly how many americans are still in afghanistan. in the us, the number of people in hospital is surging — evidence the delta variant is spreading among the unvaccinated. in the 30 to 39 age group, infections have been on an upward trend sincejune, and are now 30% higher now on bbc news, click.
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this week: could ai spot the next best sporting talent? when it sees it, that is. we find something fishy... and i get my hands and hips on some gadgets for fun in the sun. hello and welcome to click. this week, we have a summer themed specialfor you — although the weather isn't great, i'm hoping the rain is going to hold off. but what a summer of sport it has been. england may not have been able to bring it back home this year, but this weekend is the start of the premier league season, and clubs are gearing up to welcome the fans
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back to stadiums. but how these clubs discover talent could be about to change. instead of sending scouts to identify young football stars, and then after a trial, picking the best ones, artificial intelligence is helping take on the job, as 0mar mehtab has been finding out. some of the world's biggest football talents are cherry—picked from a young age, as scouts scour the pitches to find the best of the best. well, they missed me. i have been in love with the beautiful game all my life. granted, i wasn't playing many sunday league matches — however in order to get spotted, what if you don't need to any more? there's a new app that has popped up, called aiscout, and it's all in the name. artificial intelligence is being used to identify and analyse videos sent
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in by whoever, wherever. it can be at your local five—a—side, or evenjust in your back garden. and you don't have to be a pro. the way it works is you follow the instructions given on the app, using objects such as balls or cones as markers for the al to pick up. once you complete an exercise, you upload it to the app for processing. anything they do with the ball, with their body, gets tracked. all the movements go into a system that has been built to identify what good football movement looks like and that is referenced against benchmark data, academy data from clubs around the world. for players to be able to generate the same data without having to be on the right team or go to the right school or be in the right country. we can actually generate that data and get enough of an indication that someone can play football and they are worth a further look at. we don't replace the scouts, but we revolutionise their workflow. now this app is in partnership with a few premier league football clubs, one of them being burnley, with over 12,000 aspiring football players
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across 125 different countries completing their virtual trials. so, i also did their trial through the app. and it went...uh... come on, man, get your nose on the ground. shut up. argh! and soon after, the al was done processing my data. so, how did i do? some good, some bad. this is you. this is aiscout�*s data of omar. nrs, what's nrs? nrs is the national rating score, so that's all the combined physical trials you did. the top you can get is two. so, players that have been generally found by burnley are around 1.7, so pretty high.
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so, how do i actually compare to others who have taken the trial? should we take a look? laughs. you can see the graph there at the bottom. there is a little bit of a difference. ok, i wasn't the best, which is to be expected — but even still, the apps trials seemed quite simplistic by premier league club standards. so what is an actual club's trial like? and so, i went to burnley to find out. this is something. a boyhood dream being lived. doing a trialfor a big club. and, oh man — i wasn't ready. i will feed a ball in to you, and all i would like you to do is run across the first defender, finish first time if you can. it's a lot different to the trials on the app. i'm doing the things i would normally do, but it is knowing i'm being watched by people who have been doing this for absolutely years.
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good, i'm going to give you a shooting one now. that includes running? yeah, just going to extend you a little bit, 0mar. argh! it's not even a man, it's a mannequin, and i overthought beating the mannequin.. the mental strength they need to have to be able to go through this and show what they can do, without overthinking it, without hesitating. .. ..something i can't imagine. i can shoot better than that! laughs. i can shoot so much better than that. obviously a lot more difficult in person. i couldn't do it on a cold, wet tuesday afternoon in burnley. you remember the numbers, can't you? one, two, three, four. are you sure? no. but then how confident are the club in actually identifying talent from the app? there'll always be people who will be sceptical of new methods, and we're trying to be ahead of the game. we understand the level, we understand it, we're not going to get everybody at academy standard football. but if we can get one through, that one might
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be just the next one. and so as i said, it's really important for us that we keep our options open as far as we can when we're looking at recruitment of players. that's number four. no, that... that's number four. in the end, the best 28 players are selected from aiscout�*s trial run, and they play a game against each other with human scouts watching, to see if there's someone worth signing. there's some exceptional talent out here on display. 0ver there is reef, he's been recently called up by sri lanka after finding him on the app, soon to get his first international cap. and over there is bevan. he's been given a second trial by burnley after being recommended by the ai. i just went to my local park and they told me what to do with the video, and i uploaded it, my dad filmed me, and after about a couple of hours it showed me my score.
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and because of the app, i'm now on my second trial with burnley. i probably would never had a trial with burnley or anything to do with burnley, so i'm here because of that, basically. the sports science team put through an information document on me, talked to the sri lanka national team because i could play for them. i then went to the under—19 trial, the men's coach came up to me and said "can you come back next year "and play for us?", so... the opportunities that have been opened for minority groups that maybe wouldn't get the opportunities to play football, wouldn't want to play football, have been ridiculous. that was 0mar, and staying on the theme of sport, if you have been missing the olympic coverage then you might like this. we have been given exclusive access to an art installation that has been inspired by this year's olympic games. paul carter has been finding out more. since 2002, jason bruges studio
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has been pushing the boundaries of art installation by using a high—tech mixed media palette to create interact spaces. and for this year's olympics and paralympics in tokyo, the team has created an artwork inspired by traditional japanese zen gardens. one of the great things about this artwork is that it's designed to be experienced in person and in the round. but it's not until you get this up close and personal that you really get a sense of the scale. the project, called constant gardeners, is a result of an open competition with the arts council tokyo and the tokyo metropolitan government. their idea was selected out of 2&00 other entrants, and it's paying homage to the athletes by representing their performances. so, we're looking at footage from different sports, subtracting and extracting movement out of it frame by frame, we are then
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doing pose estimation, which essentially draws out different elements of that movement, and then applying that to an algorithm that then drives our artistic representation of that in the robot's movements. the art installation was shipped from the uk right into the heart of ueno park, to create over 150 unique illustrations to run alongside the games until september. we're working mainly from video clips, but we have also worked with some numerical data, results data, be that speeds or times or heights or distances. i think there's no doubt that technology opens up lots of potential in the arts, but one of the big barriers really is who can access the technology in the first place, be it hardware or software. a lot of the stuff that's needed for that is actually being generated in the commercial sector, in film, in architecture, in the video game world, so there still remains some barriers around who can actually access the technology
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to make the work. but if you can overcome the price point and get the necessary expertise, it's just another tool for artistic expression. to me, it's the kind of story, and the narrative is particular important. it would be like critiquing a new type of paint or a new type of fabrication, all the robotics are are helping us tell this story effectively. but at the same time, people are worried about theirjobs, the future. i think if you start applying and testing technology in places like the arts and culture, you can open up conversations about those being opportunities and positive. whether or not you're a fan of the arts or robotics, the constant gardeners have offered a different kind of celebration of the tokyo games. and as technology becomes increasingly important in our day—to—day lives, it will continue to rise in the creative realm, too.
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hello and welcome to the week in tech. it was the week that samsung unveiled their new foldable smartphones. facebook took action to shut down an anti—vaccine influencer campaign. and a student proved that twitter�*s algorithm was biased towards lighter, slimmer and youngerfaces. the company paid them $3500 reward as part of their algorithmic bug bounty. also this week, we've seen one of the biggest crypto thefts in history. cryptocurrency platform poly network lost over $600 million in one of the sector's biggest ever cyber heists. apple faced criticism after introducing an update which scans iphone pictures before they are uploaded to icloud. it was introduced as a tool which can flag cases of child sexual abuse, but critics say it could be a privacy risk and a security back door.
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and finally, the search for life beyond earth continues. nasa announced its goals and objectives for mission dragonfly, which will send a robotic rotorcraft to saturn's largest moon in 2027. it will be the first time a spacecraft explores the surface of titan, which is the only moon in our solar system that could potentially harbour life. the truth is out there. as the united arab emirates goes from the uk's red to amber list this week, sun—seeking brits can holiday abroad there without having to quarantine upon their return. attractions like the lost chambers aquarium at dubai's atlantis the palm is set to welcome tourists with a smart new feature. that's a lot of fish. the sea life centre has designed a web app to help guests identify species within its 65,000 strong
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marine life population. so, the way the app works is you pull it up on your web browser and you press scan fish. 0h, big stingray. and then, it takes a snap and pulls up information about that fish. to help distinguish dolphins from dogfish, the artificially intelligent app uses image recognition technology which should get smarter with time. the hard work is mapping those species. so, that's the process we are going through now, and then testing, to make sure that when you focus on that particular species, that fish, it's the right information. the ocean tales platform then tells you things like where the animal can be found in the wild, its endangered status, and about different conservation projects in the works. but do we all want to be glued to our phones whilst at a real—life aquarium?
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this app really is about educating our guests on the welfare of our species or mammals. atlantis aims to incorporate this new tech into its existing main app for resort—goers, which provides targeted services and crucially encourages them to open their wallets. back by the tanks, i have decided to go alone, and rely on my own, as opposed to artificial, intelligence. ah, the majestic sea lion. after the year we've had, i think it's time for a bit of fun in the sun. ok, the weather may be a little bit changeable but you get the idea. so, i've got my hands on a whole heap of gadgets that i'm hoping are going to make me a little bit cooler. first up, this. the motus 0rbit+. and yes, it's like
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a smart hula hoop. the great thing about this as it doesn't drop like a regular hula hoop. you take out the pieces to make it the right size to fit you, and then it'll only land on your hips and you can keep going and going. you really do need to stop to see how many times it's gone round, though, which does feel counter—productive. but the weighted hula hoop concept itself was better than i expected — although i'm sure the novelty would wear off after not long. oh, wow, surely that's enough. it does feel cardio after a while, but in the house, i was quite nervous of this hitting anything around me or a small child. but out here, with the space, it certainly feels like exercise. oh, i'm a bit hot after that, but luckily, at the moment, there is a trend for neck fans. this is the yosh fan and it's got a couple of different settings — you can choose how
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high you want the fan to go, or there are temperature sensors embedded in it so it can decide how much fanning you're likely to need. i thought it was going to get caught up in my hair, actually. amazingly, it doesn't seem to — although if i move my hair out the way, i can obviously feel it blowing a bit more. would i really wear this? well, maybe if i was in a hot country it might feel quite nice, and i suppose it does just look like a pair of headphones around your neck. but still, the concept itself does feel a little bit over the top, to me — although maybe i wasn't born to be this cool. and rather conveniently, the sun has just come out for my next item. i've shown you before on the programme audio sunglasses, where you can listen to music or talk on the phone via the glasses. this pair has a bit of difference, though. this prototype is called dusk and it's a pair of smart transition lens glasses so you can change the colour of the lenses according to what you're up to. maybe you're reading, maybe you're driving,
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and maybe the sunlight around you is changing. at the moment, you can do it by a button on the side, but eventually they're going to connect to an app and you'll be able to do it on there. they just won't stand the right position. but i guess they are just a prototype. if you wonder what this is, this is my cooler box — and, as you can see, it has speakers so i can connect that to my phone to play a little bit of music or maybe an old episode of click. you need to open this to turn it on, which is a bit difficult. excuse me. there we go. easy. turn it on, i can now connect it to my phone's bluetooth. and it's connected. click theme plays. recognise that? lovely summer music. the sunnylife cooler box charges via usb and can also play radio or can connect to your devices via a lead or bluetooth to provide sound.
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ringtone sounds. 0mar�*s calling! there is no microphone, though. can you hear me? i can't hear you, lara. 0h, he can't hear me. there's 0mar in a cooler box. i'm — i'm talking through a fridge! well, what can i say? it's always lovely to hearfrom 0mar. and finally, if you want to catch all that summer fun on camera, then here i have the latest take on the polaroid. i remember how much my dad loved his polaroid camera when i was a little girl. now, it's much, much smaller, it's rechargeable, and, of course, it has a selfie mode. the brands latest release is the polaroid go. i can't do the pouting thing. let's go for a smile. it can also do double exposure shots and has a timer. now ijust need to leave it there for a few minutes, upside down. how did it go? well, it looks like a polaroid — oh, the nostalgia! but the thing is, we're so used to doing pictures on our phones now that if you've got your eyes shut, it's a bad picture,
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you just take more. and each one of these you print is pretty expensive, so you sort of want to get every picture right. yep, over £1 a photo. 0k. let's go for the selfie. so, maybe you want to capture as much as you can each and every time, whatever you're getting up to summer. and there you have it — your summer gadgets are sorted. but maybe on a rainy day you'd like to be taking a trip to the cinema. well, a new movie that focuses on characters from gaming — obviously, you can't actually play them, because they're characters in a movie — is hoping to be a box office success. and marc cieslak has been talking to the film's star and producer, ryan reynolds. my name is guy. tv newsreader: sunday | should be warm and sunny, with just a scattering of drive—bys. and i live in paradise. ryan reynolds breaks
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free of his programming as a video game non—player character in new action comedy movie free guy. i work at the bank. everybody down on the ground! reynolds�* perpetually cheery npc bank teller realises his day—to—day routine — which includes random acts of violence perpetuated by weirdly dressed total strangers, and regular hold—ups at work — is, in fact, part of massively multiplayer game called free city, after donning a pair of sunglasses from one of the game's real—world players. what are these, trick glasses or something? the game and movie is fictional, but real—world inspirations are there for all to see — a non—copyright—infringing coincidence, i'm sure. it's a fictional game, free city, but what elements from games will people recognise? i think people recognise elements of grand theft auto and fortnite and, you know, a lot of — a lot of games that use formats not too dissimilar to this. lots of actors prepare before doing a role,
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did you prepare by enmeshing yourself in video games culture? no... yes and no. i mean, i — i became as familiaras i — i possibly could with the subject matter. i mean, i — you know, in addition to matt lieberman and zak penn, i did a draft of the script, as well as shawn levy, so for the writing part, for sure, you know, you just had to be literate in — in the gaming world. um, but i would do it enough just to — to get to know it, but i also recognise the kind of slippery slope, because it's so much fun — that you can reallyjust, you know, i could easily see myself blowing off walking the kids to school and — and jumping into some fortnite instead. so, i had to sort of walk that — that fine line between, you know, research and, you know, parent. and husband. reynolds�* in—game guyjoins forces withjodie comer�*s levelled—up real—world player. i don't suppose this thing can fly? no.
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wow! both take on the movie's big bad, taika waititi, a designer hoodie—clad tech bro who heads up a massive games company with some very dubious business practices — which of course could never, ever happen in the real world. i'm a rule—breaker. i'm a rattle—chiki—chiki—snaker. the movie's director, shawn levy, is best known for the night at the museum films, as well as netflix�*s stranger things. but he's no stranger to games, having worked on and ultimately exited a movie adaptation of blockbuster playstation franchise uncharted. now, there've been lots of adaptations of video games into movies, with varying degrees of success. does creating a fictional game world, which draws on gaming culture really heavily, help you avoid some of the pitfalls that those kind of movies have made? yeah, you — you hit the nail on the head. i spent a year working on uncharted, and so i speak first—hand when i say it's possible to be very creative when you're doing a video game
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adaptation, but you're never completely unshackled. you are always beholden to the lore and expectations of the game. so, with free guy, i got to create an original film and i got to create the rules of the game within the film. so, that gave me maximum freedom, which i have to say was liberating and something i wouldn't have had if i were making a more literal adaptation of a video game. audiences'll be able to determine for themselves if free guy takes movie and video games mash—ups to the next level when the film hits cinemas. ican�*t die! great stuff. and that's all we've got time for. as ever, you can keep up with the team on social media. find us on youtube, facebook, twitter, and instagram — @bbcclick. but we may be a little bit quiet on there, because we are planning on taking a couple of weeks for the summer. we're going to leave you with some repeats, but in september normal
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service will be resumed. enjoy your summer, and we'll be back then. bye bye. hello. after what's been a relatively cloudy and relatively cool week so far for many of us, the weather is set to change a little bit through friday and into the weekend. it will briefly turn a little bit warmer. it will also start to turn a lot wetter because low pressure is pushing in from the west. this frontal system bringing rain very early on on friday across northern ireland. that will push eastwards over the coming days. but ahead of that weather front, we draw in a southerly wind, bringing some slightly warmer air in our direction. but many of us are going to start off on quite
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a cloudy note on friday. for england, wales and scotland, most places will be dry, just the odd spot of rain. but for northern ireland, this heavy rain working its way in. that will persist into the afternoon, rain extending into southwest scotland, maybe getting into western fringes of england and wales. further east, a few sunny spells will start to develop. turning quite breezy, particularly for western coasts, but with that breeze coming up from the south, it'll feel a little bit warmer. and given some sunshine, eastern england could see highs of around 2a degrees. as we head through friday night, our band of rain will move a little further eastwards. it's likely to dry out a little bit across northern ireland by saturday morning, some mist and murk and low cloud on what will be a pretty mild night. a mild start to saturday with our band of rain working erratically eastwards and heavy bursts running along it. eastern parts of england will see a little bit of sunshine for a time. northern ireland should brighten up, too, along with the far west of scotland, wales and the southwest, but some thundery showers could break out here later. highest temperatures likely to be across eastern england
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if we see some sunshine, maybe up to 25 degrees. but for the second half of the weekend, this frontal system continues to journey eastwards. we end up with a little area of low pressure lingering close to eastern counties of england, so still the potential for some rain here. quite windy for some of these eastern coasts as well. elsewhere, some sunny spells, a scattering of showers, but we lose that southerly flow, we lose that slightly warmer feel. now, into next week, high pressure looks set to establish itself, but the winds generally will be coming down from the north. to see any sort of heat wave, we'd need the winds to come up from the south, but that's not going to happen. so, there is some pleasant weather to come through next week. a bit more in the way of sunshine, a lot of dry weather, but no real heat wave. temperatures generally around the low 20s.
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