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Artificial intelligence


April 11, 2018  10:08 AM

This is the last Downtime written by humans: the robots have won

Alex Scroxton Alex Scroxton Profile: Alex Scroxton
Artificial intelligence

It’s the week of the 2018 London Book Fair at Olympia, and the worrying news has reached Downtime that our jobs are indeed under threat from the rise of the robots, with the publication of the first new Brothers Grimm fairytale in 200 years, written...

December 11, 2017  3:21 PM

“Good morning, how may I assist you?”

Zach Emmanuel Profile: Zach Emmanuel
Artificial intelligence, robot

Robots should be ideal at home or in the workplace, right? These fully co-operative, obedient and reliable machines should make all our lives easier, right? They can’t think for themselves, they can’t make decisions for themselves, they can’t take out the human race, right?! Whether or not...


October 20, 2017  3:16 PM

I always thought my boss was a robot

Zach Emmanuel Profile: Zach Emmanuel
Artificial intelligence, Automation, Robotics

You: “You alright?” Boss: “Good morning Joe, I trust you slept well and the commute was satisfactory.” This could be a regular welcome if we start to work for robot bosses, and new research has shown that almost a third of British employees would be happy to do just...


September 7, 2017  9:21 AM

eharmony and Alexa are officially an item

Zach Emmanuel Profile: Zach Emmanuel
Artificial intelligence, ECHO

“Let me tell you about your first match. Ooh la la! She lives five miles away!” You probably wouldn’t think Alexa would say something like that but now it can, thanks to some creative intervention from the love gurus at online dating site eharmony. As a result of their tinkering,...


March 30, 2017  4:35 PM

Welcome our robot overlords for they come bearing cake

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
ai, Artificial intelligence, Automation, Machine learning, Robotics

As all tech experts know, it is only a matter of time before artificial intelligence (AI) takes over the world, eliminates all our jobs, creates Skynet and the terminator, and enslaves us all in the Matrix. We can’t wait to read the terms and conditions page. For those who see this as...


March 24, 2016  6:15 PM

Microsoft’s AI adventure shows there’s hope for us all yet

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Artificial intelligence, Google, IBM, Microsoft, twitter

Artificial intelligence (AI) is going to take over the world, steal all our jobs and ultimately subjugate us all - or so we are told.

We've seen IBM's AI system, Watson, beat humans on the US game show, Jeopardy. Recently, Google's British DeepMind team created an AI system that...


June 15, 2015  1:31 PM

Hello computer. Wanna talk dirty?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Artificial intelligence, Porn

The Turing Test is a famous challenge to computer scientists to create an artificial intelligence machine that is so convincing people believe they are talking to a real human being.


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