No Terminator: Elon Musk teases ‘useful’ humanoid robot

An Optimus prototype wheeled on stage during an annual Tesla AI Day presentation was mounted to a small platform. The robot, which remains a work-in-progress, waved to the audience and raised its knees. “Our goal is to make a useful humanoid robot as quick as possible,” the billionaire tech pioneer Musk told the audience at the event in Silicon Valley. “There is still a lot of work to be done.” Tesla is adapting its autonomous car technology to give Optimus capabilities such as walking safely or working on a factory…

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6 Pakistan Army officials martyred in Harnai helicopter crash: ISPR

“All six personnel on board, including two pilots, have embraced shahadat,” the military’s media affairs wing said, adding that the incident occurred late last night. The ISPR has yet to release details about the cause of the crash which comes more than a month after a similar incident occurred in Balochistan. On August 1, a Pakistan Army helicopter with six people on board, including Commander 12 Corps Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali, lost contact with the air traffic control in Balochistan’s Lasbela district. A day later, the wreckage of the helicopter was…

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‘Everybody was running away.’ Ukrainians in Kharkiv villages describe Russia’s retreat

Ukraine had hoped it would mark a turning point. Six months have passed since Russia launched its invasion and Ukraine has since fired back with two counteroffensives — one in the South and the other in the East — carefully planned for months and supported by massive US military aid packages. Not even the messaging was left to chance. Ahead of the first counteroffensive launched in the south on August 29th, public communications were carefully crafted to lay the groundwork for the second Ukrainian military campaign in the east, which…

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Turkish actor Celal Al of Dirilis: Ertugrul is in Karachi to help flood affectees

Taking to his Instagram on Monday, Celal shared a video clip of himself in Karachi, talking to his followers about the floods in Pakistan and how he and the team from Red Crescent are on ground to help people affected by the floods. “Pakistan, Karachi. We are taking your [donations] to the affected people. You can also help by texting Pakistan [to] 2868,” he wrote. If you want to donate, here is an extensive list of organisations accepting donations and working to aid people affected by the floods. As of…

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K-drama Squid Game competes for Emmys history by becoming first foreign-language show to win top honours

The Netflix show — in which misfits and criminals compete for cash in barbaric and deadly versions of schoolyard games — aimed to emulate the success of Oscar-winning South Korean movie parasite with a triumph at TV’s top prize gala. But it faces tough competition from previous winner succession, the tale of a family vying for control of a media empire — rife with Shakespearean backstabbing — that earned the most nominations overall at 25, and won the Best Drama category over Squid Game. “It’s pretty hard to go against that HBO juggernaut,”…

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Beyond the rescue by Arifa Noor

Is it simply because some parts of the country have not been impacted? This could be one reason, for at the beginning of the pandemic the threat had seemed equal for us all, and it was so not just in Pakistan but the world over. Perhaps that is why the danger felt more imminent, and as a result so did the efforts to tackle it. But another reason for this is also that this time around, politics has not come to a standstill. The rallies, the jalsas and the tough…

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King Charles III starts reign as mourning begins for late queen

At 73, Charles is the oldest monarch yet to ascend the throne of the United Kingdom, following the death of his “cherished” mother at her Scottish estate of Balmoral on Thursday. He was due to return to London from Balmoral, where the 96-year-old queen died “peacefully” after a year-long period of ill-health and decline, at the culmination of a record-breaking reign of 70 years. “During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which…

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Water from Manchhar lake reaches Indus Highway, threatens to cut off Dadu

The embankments of the Manchhar Lake were give two more cuts on Monday as the single breach given on Sunday failed to reduce the water pressure. The flood level at the lake, which is spread over 200 square kilometres, reportedly shot up to 126 reduced levels (RL) yesterday after which the irrigation authorities decided to break open the lake from a reduced distance (RD) 50 and 52. A day ago, the cut was given at RD14. A fourth breach in the lake’s embankment was made today at Zero Point that…

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Art dealer Alizah Raza is using her Instagram influence for good, raises Rs13m for flood affectees

While most influencers are doing their part to spread awareness and urge their followers to donate, Alizah Raza of ThisandThat.pk has gone above and beyond the call of their duty and raised over Rs10 million through her donation drive to support vulnerable communities affected by the floods. Raza, an art dealer and Instagram influencer who hails from Lahore, was thinking of ways to use her platform to raise funds when she was approached by Rakhshanda Atwar, the esteemed artist, who donated multiple works for the cause. Raza then reached out…

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