ai
Let’s All Feed OpenAI’s Predictive Text Generator the Daftest Crap We Can

This week, Elon Musk-backed OpenAI released to the public the latest version of their GPT-2 predictive text generator, which is capable of taking a writing prompt and continuing based on 40 gigabytes of data pulled from around eight million websites. This is impressive, next-generation technology, and I absolutely cannot stop feeding it the daftest crap imaginable and seeing what it does. Read More >>

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Let’s Talk About the Big Social Media News of the Month

It’s been an absolutely bonkers month for social media companies like Facebook and Twitter, with Facebook admitting that they allow politicians to lie in ads on the platform and Twitter opening the floodgates to show users more ads than ever. Just yesterday, Twitter even announced that it was banning all political ads, something that Facebook has refused to do. Read More >>

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What Would You Put in a Time Capsule For the Year 2024?

I’m fascinated by time capsules. Sometimes they’re incredibly boring, but every once in a while they’re filled with some very cool stuff. So I was surprised this week when I did a search for “time capsule” on YouTube and saw a bunch of young people creating videos that were directed at the year 2024. It’s just five years away, but it really does feel like a lot could change between now and then. Read More >>

amazon
What Was Your First Amazon Purchase?

It’s been 25 whole years since Amazon burst onto the scene as an online bookseller in July of 1994. Now, it’s a giant, package-delivering behemoth that despite some unsavoury headlines, all of us probably use because it’s just so damn convenient. Read More >>

money
What Even Is Cash Anymore?

Laundry days are the worst. Not because I hate doing laundry – I love warm, fluffy, clean clothes – but because I need cold hard cash to use the machines at my local 24-hour laundromat. Legitimately, I’ve sat here for 20 minutes trying to think of anything besides laundry that I regularly use actual cash for. I got nada. Read More >>

phones
Do You Answer the Phone?

I’m not talking about when your mum calls. If your mum calls, you should answer the phone, and actually, you should just probably call your mum more often so she doesn’t have to call you. (HI MUM!) What I want to know is what you do when a number you don’t know calls. Do you answer the phone? Read More >>

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The iPhone Turns 10 Today, but How Many of You Actually Bought One?

June 29th 2007 was a big day, because that was the day Apple released a little-known device called the iPhone onto the world. That's right, it's been ten years since we were first able to get our hands on iOS - even if the App Store wouldn't launch until a year later. Read More >>

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Is Your Phone Screen Knackered?

Research into the state of the Samsungs and generation-before-last iPhones of the nation says we're living with some right old pieces of smashed up junk, with nearly one third of us ignoring damaged displays and bravely using a phone with a screen that's cracked in some way. Read More >>

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Who’s Never Owned an iPhone?

Apparently it's been ten years since a group of people bought an expensive brand of telephone and then continued to buy a new one every year whether they needed it or not. Happy birthday, iPhone. I've only touched you three times. Read More >>

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Now It’s All Over, Share Your Christmas Horror Stories

Aaaaaaand, breathe. It's over, for another year at least. The turkey leftovers have been gobbled up as sandwiches, the misguided presents re-boxed and receipted ready to be exchanged, the TV re-runs and farts all cleared up. Christmas 2016 is over. How was it for you? Read More >>

gadgets
Somebody Help Us Decode This Mysterious HTC Invitation

Well this is exciting. HTC has sent out invitations for a January 12th event, and for once, nobody’s quite sure what to expect. It seems a little too early for the HTC 11, which will surely launch a month later at MWC in Barcelona. Read More >>

advertising
Which Legendary Junk Food Advertising Mascot Will You Miss Most?

The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has announced new rules banning legendary junk food mascots such as Tony the Tiger, the Coco Pops monkey and Ronald McDonald from all forms of advertising, in a fresh bid to make kids less round. However, junk food packaging will remain a safe space for the characters. Read More >>

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Who Is Giz UK’s Person of the Year 2016?

Earlier today Time magazine revealed its person of the year - an award given not to who it thinks is the best person, but who it thinks was the most impactful person of the last 12 months. And completely unsurprisingly, it was Donald Trump. Trump, you may horrifyingly recall having previously suppressed the pain, will become the 45th President of the United States on January 20th. Read More >>

design
How Would You Redesign Speed Bumps?

The nice people at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have called on local authorities to introduce new measures to help reduce air pollution. Its recommendations include the introduction of: Read More >>

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The White and Gold/Black and Blue Thing is Happening Again

Just to warn you, a picture of pair of flip flops -- soon to be known as The Flip Flops -- is doing the rounds on the web today because some people think it’s a different colour scheme to other people, and they’re bickering about it because they haven’t learnt anything from The Dress last year. Read More >>