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Thursday, 26 May 2022

The Robots Cometh (this time for chores) + Fish and chips are under threat in the UK

Move aside, vacuum cleaners: Dyson will soon offer robots to do your chores for you. The household appliances giant is working on rolling out “domestic robots” that will be able to take on household tasks, the company said at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, reports the BBC. Dyson is planning to set up a “major robotics center” within its Wiltshire facility that will house a team of robotics engineers specialized in computer vision, machine learning, sensors and mechatronics. The company has not yet revealed the specific devices or robots that it plans to bring to market, the exact tasks they would be able to complete, or when it expects to launch them.

A British culinary crisis if ever there was one: Soaring prices of fish, potatoes, cooking oil, and flours are pushing around a third of fish and chips shops in the UK to the brink of shuttering, insolvency firm Company Debt said, according to Reuters. “Fish prices have gone up extortionately; oil prices have gone up extortionately; and everything across the whole spectrum that we sell has gone up extortionately,” one shop owner told the newswire. The dramatic jump is a result of the trifecta of Brexit, covid-19, and the war in Ukraine, which together have yielded price pressures and difficulties in securing supplies.

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