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Taking a look at the lighter side of IT - technology may be a serious business but it rarely fails to raise a smile too.

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  • Damore you talk, the less you say

    Ryan Priest - Community Member 16 Aug 2017
  • James Damore thinks he was frogmarched out of Google for telling the truth. In reality, he wrote a 10-page memo, cobbled together from scraps of research chosen to fit his intense fear of gender ...

  • The simpler Burr necessities

    Ryan Priest - Community Member 10 Aug 2017
  • It has emerged we may have spent more than the past decade creating complicated, unmemorable passwords and changing them every few months for absolutely no reason. Bill Burr, the author of the ...

  • The ballad of Bob and Alice

    Ryan Priest - Community Member 02 Aug 2017
  • Previously on Downtime, we saw Mark Zuckerberg rule out AI’s potential for disaster with all the casual oblivion of a scientist in the opening part of a film of that very genre. Elon Musk, as ...

  • You don’t get to 500 million friends without steak and a few enemies

    26 Jul 2017
  • Some surprisingly vapid musings on the future of artificial intelligence (AI), live streamed by Mark Zuckerberg whilst smoking some brisket in his back garden, have been brushed aside by Elon Musk, ...

  • Robocop splashed across Downtime

    19 Jul 2017
  • An office building in Washington DC has lost its Knightscope K5 security robot after it obliviously face planted into the premises’ water fountain centrepiece. It’s the most ambitious television ...

  • Umbrella sharing start-up loses all its umbrellas

    Alex Scroxton - Networking Editor 12 Jul 2017
  • To Shenzhen, China, where tech entrepreneur Zhao Shuping has had cold water poured on his business after his sharing economy start-up Sharing E Umbrella rented 300,000 umbrellas to damp locals, and ...

  • Neural networks and guinea pigs: A credible use case for AI is finally here

    Caroline Donnelly - Datacentre Editor 06 Jul 2017
  • Despite the conjecture spouted about the usefulness of artificial intelligence (AI), what’s been sorely lacking (as far as Downtime is concerned) is that one killer use case that really captures ...

  • Your robot overlords part 46: Software never lies

    Bryan Glick - Editor in chief 26 Jun 2017
  • 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 ...

  • End of the Piers humour

    22 Jun 2017
  • It’s been over a year since US robotics designer David Hanson made Sophia an internet phenomenon with a video in which he accidentally prompts her to agree to destroy all humans. The UK got a ...

  • Beer, pee and charge phone

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 13 Jun 2017
  • 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 ...

  • Appocalypse how?

    06 Jun 2017
  • 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, ...

  • A little less covfefe

    01 Jun 2017
  • 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 ...

  • AlphaGo stick t'kettle on

    25 May 2017
  • The world’s number one player of strategy board game Go has been beaten by Google’s DeepMind AlphaGo artificial intelligence (AI). Imagine the hours Ke Jie must have dedicated to playing Go, a ...

  • Shinder fires up Tinder

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 17 May 2017
  • Best app we've come across recently has to be Shinder. Shinder is a kind of dating website from self-styled comedian/entrepreneur, Sheridan ‘Shed’ Simove. Best practices for online dating suggests ...

  • Retweet is murder

    11 May 2017
  • A 16-year-old from Nevada’s quest for a year’s supply of chicken nuggets from US burger chain Wendy’s has broken Twitter’s retweet record, usurping the star-studded Oscars selfie uploaded by Ellen ...