Artificial intelligence Gaming

‘Sentient’ cells in a petri dish taught to play Pong

Next time you’re getting your ass kicked at Fortnite or online chess, it could be at the metaphorical hands of a petri dish of brain cells.

Artificial intelligence

‘Killer robots’ will be nothing like the movies show – here’s where the real threats lie

Increasingly, the decisions to identify, track and destroy targets are being handed over to algorithms.

Artificial intelligence Gaming

Virtua Fighter’s ancient polygon graphics get modern AI makeover

A nerd fed a bunch of screenshots from 1993’s Virtua Fighter into an AI to see what they’d look like in a modern game.


Multi-factor authentication: Do I really need to bother with it?

Having more rigorous security measures when logging in can help to protect your accounts, and significantly reduces the likelihood of many automated cyber attacks.

Sociology Technology

Might robot warfare make commanders more humane?

Reducing the number of humans an order passes through might make those making the decisions feel more responsibility for the outcomes. 

New Zealand Strange news Technology

Vodafone NZ’s new name sparks comparisons to white nationalists, fascists

A Google search for Vodafone NZ’s new name, One NZ, brings up a racist website. It’s also being compared to fascist slogans and dubbed white supremacist.

Social Media

Don’t cook chicken in medicines like Nyquil, idiots and children told

Social media users are being urged to resist the temptation to cook ‘Sleepy Chicken’.

Artificial intelligence

This robot might have a better sense of humour than you

‘Erica’ learned about humour by analysing 80 speed dating meetups.


Crappier the item for sale, the more likely it has fake reviews – study

Fake reviews are rife on shopping sites like Amazon, a new study has found.


Metaverse fraud – can it be stopped?

By 2026, it is predicted that 25 percent of people will spend an hour a day in the metaverse.

Social Media

‘World War III’ risk reportedly put Elon Musk off buying Twitter

“It won’t make sense to buy Twitter if we’re heading into World War III.”

Social Media

Poverty, inequality linked to social media addiction in kids

If you want to get your kids off social media, have you ever considered, like, not being poor? ?

Artificial intelligence

Artists freak out after computer takes out first place at art show

“That’s pretty f**ing shitty,” wrote one person in a tweet liked tens of thousands of times.


Dive into people’s DMs with this underwater messaging app

The software, AquaApp, works on existing devices – here’s now.