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  • 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

    Ryan Priest - Community Member 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 ...

  • Remaining relevant without merging with machines

    27 Apr 2017
  • Elon Musk’s recent penchant for an Instagram selfie has sent some of tech’s more skittish observers twitching in their seats. The business magnate has his fingers in more pies than Little Jack ...

  • Google Home starts seeing other people

    20 Apr 2017
  • Burger King faced a backlash when its latest advert gaily invaded US living rooms by triggering Google Home devices to recite Wikipedia’s description of the Whopper burger. You find that ...

  • Scared? Oh, I'm bricking it

    05 Apr 2017
  • One man’s damning review of an internet-enabled garage door device has seen its capricious creator weigh in and block him from using it. Garadget founder Denis Grisak, who responded to the irate ...

  • Welcome our robot overlords for they come bearing cake

    Bryan Glick - Editor in chief 30 Mar 2017
  • 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 ...

  • Heaven is a half-wipe

    21 Mar 2017
  • Beijing’s Temple of Heaven park toilets are clamping down on local loo roll kleptomaniacs by rolling out face-scanning dispensers. But there’s a problem with this, isn’t there? Very rarely does ...

  • Sex toy data cock-up leaves users red-faced

    Alex Scroxton - Networking Editor 14 Mar 2017
  • Donald Trump's counselor and strategist Kellyanne Conway caused uproar online this week when she implied that former president Barack Obama may have used a microwave oven to spy on her boss. Conway ...

  • The perils of modern journalism

    Bryan Glick - Editor in chief 10 Mar 2017
  • Regular readers will know the deep commitment to quality journalism that Downtime embodies. As the cutting-edge blog of the Computer Weekly stable, within the office tales are legion of the lengths ...

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