More than 70% of US fears robots taking over our lives, survey finds

As Silicon Valley heralds progress on self-driving cars and robot carers, much of the rest of the country is worried about machines taking control of human tasks

Silicon Valley celebrates artificial intelligence and robotics as fields that have the power to improve people’s lives, through inventions like driverless cars and robot carers for the elderly.

That message isn’t getting through to the rest of the country, where more than 70% of Americans express wariness or concern about a world where machines perform many of the tasks done by humans, according to Pew Research.

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Push for drink-driving law exemption for those in automated cars

National Transport Commission argues for exemption from laws when there is ‘no possibility that a human could drive’

Uber drivers could one day be spared from engaging in small talk with drunks if a National Transport Commission suggestion to allow people under the influence of alcohol to use fully automated vehicles is adopted by state road authorities.

The NTC, an independent statutory body tasked with reforming Australia’s driving laws to prepare for the arrival of driverless cars, has recommended an “exemption” from drink and drug-driving laws for people who ride in fully automated vehicles.

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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launch event – live

The Silicon Valley company is launching hardware in San Francisco, including their latest smartphones and new voice assistant Google Home Mini

4.40pm BST

I’ll be honest: there are unlikely to be many surprises here. Thanks to a huge amount of leaks, even for Google, we think we know almost everything likely to come today.

Top billing goes to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the new smartphones from Google’s in-house hardware team. The Pixel 2 looks like a rote upgrade to last year’s phone, replete with 2014-era bezels on the front and a single camera on the back, but the Pixel 2 XL is more interesting, taking a Galaxy S8/iPhone X approach to shrinking the phone’s chin.

4.25pm BST

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s live blog of today’s Google press event. It’s a big day for the company, which is expected to reveal its new pair of flagship smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

They’ll be the first new phones from the company in a year, since the original Pixel came out last August. It’s also the first we’ve heard from Google’s hardware team since they sort-of acquired HTC two weeks ago, bringing the team who built the Pixel in-house.

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Facebook UK pays just £5.1m in corporation tax despite jump in profit

Social network’s British revenues nearly quadruple on the back of climbing advertising sales

Facebook’s UK operations paid just £5.1m in corporation tax last year, despite a jump in profit and revenues nearly quadrupling on the back of climbing advertising sales.

The social media giant said revenues in the UK jumped from £210.8m to £842.4m for the year to 31 December, helping pre-tax profits rise from £52.5m to £58.4m for the period, according to accounts filed at Companies House.

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