June, 2017

June 26, 2017  12:45 PM

Your robot overlords part 46: Software never lies

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick

As we all know, software and artificial intelligence is going to run the world and make all the decisions on our behalf, probably starting from a week next Tuesday. Downtime has long felt it is our duty to reveal precisely what sort of world this means we will be living in, and recently we had...

June 22, 2017  10:13 AM

End of the Piers humour

Ryan Priest Ryan Priest Profile: Ryan Priest

It’s been over a year since US robotics designer David Hanson made Sophia an internet phenomenon with a video in which he accidentally...

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June 13, 2017  1:53 PM

Beer, pee and charge phone

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran

Among those ever present first world problems is how to keep your phone charged - especially if you are out on the razz. The University of the West of England may have just the answer. It has developed a pioneering solution, based on taking a pee. Apparently there's some pretty clever microbes...

June 6, 2017  4:59 PM

Appocalypse how?

Ryan Priest Ryan Priest Profile: Ryan Priest

Apple opened this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference with a video speculating what the world might look like if all the apps used on their devices suddenly disappeared. As all the big guns, including...

June 1, 2017  11:25 AM

A little less covfefe

Ryan Priest Ryan Priest Profile: Ryan Priest

Donald Trump has written a new page into the book of Twitter folklore with his now deleted classic, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe”. The garbled message, surely reaching for the word “coverage” before cutting off entirely, was presumably posted by the president just before...

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