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  • Unleash the Aibos

    Ryan Priest 01 Nov 2017
  • Sony is bringing back Aibo, Japan’s original answer to a human hankering for a robotic dog that needlessly cocks its leg. How relaunching what is essentially an elaborate Furby helps the company’s ...

  • I always thought my boss was a robot

    Zach Emmanuel - Computer Weekly 20 Oct 2017
  • 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 ...

  • Lies, damned lies, and Neistats

    Ryan Priest 19 Oct 2017
  • Celebrity man-child YouTuber Casey Neistat is the latest bizarre character to berate the nuances of the site’s recent algorithm tweaks, as they continue to put perfect lives under slight threat. We ...

  • Virtual inanity

    12 Oct 2017
  • Mark Zuckerberg has apologised for an insensitive Facebook Spaces broadcast in which his cartoon alter ego takes a chirpy virtual reality tour of hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico. Facebook’s cause ...

  • Is it too late now to say Siri?

    Ryan Priest 05 Oct 2017
  • People are trying to work out why Siri thought Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hit Despacito was the Bulgarian national anthem. But the chance to enjoy the error for yourself has come and gone. Indeed, ...

  • Jack rabbits on

    27 Sep 2017
  • Twitter’s move to double its 140-character limit to 280 has been marked by CEO Jack Dorsey unwittingly composing the worst tweet of all time, in a failed mission to justify the merits of waffle. ...

  • For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of Jobs

    21 Sep 2017
  • Apple proudly claims it’s set the path of technology for the next decade with its iPhone X, but it would’ve been nice if it just did that with the one it announced half hour earlier. Instead, the ...

  • eharmony and Alexa are officially an item

    Zach Emmanuel - Computer Weekly 07 Sep 2017
  • “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 ...

  • Activate living within its memes

    31 Aug 2017
  • It’s hard to imagine any attempt to create a Tory answer to Momentum going very well, but the bumbling inception of Activate has exceeded all expectations of ineptitude. The all-new “independent ...

  • It'll be alt-right on the night

    24 Aug 2017
  • Calamitous alt-right website Breitbart has been tricked into an email exchange with a prankster posing as Donald Trump’s recently dumped adviser Steve Bannon. Under the guise of Bannon, back in the ...

  • Damore you talk, the less you say

    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

    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

    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 ...

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