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Mar 25, 2016

On this episode we the Microsoft AI Disaster, Apple Event results, VR Porn and texting & walking could be a crime.

Microsoft launched an AI experiment on Wednesday, in the form of a Twitter chat-bot named Tay. Tay was supposed to be aimed at Millennials, with the tag-line 'AI Fam from the internet that's got zero chill", whatever that means. The program was designed to learn from other Twitter users and adapt it's language and posts in the process.

Problems quickly arose, when 4Chan and Reddit users decided to "help" in this process, by tweeting specific questions and comments to Tay. What probably started as a very innocent AI experiment, resulted in Tay being taught to tweet some of the most racist and horrible things ever said online. AI will eventually be running a lot of things in our lives and we discuss whether learning from the crowd, is such a good idea.

The Apple Event was held on Monday of this week and the consensus appears to be that it was....a bit lackluster. Our prediction that they were going to get rid of the headphone jack in the new iPhones proved to be false. In fact, one of the few "highlights" of their announcement was the new, smaller iPhone SE. What was definitely absent was the lack of any new MacBooks. Does this signal a change in the company's focus, away from traditional laptops?

Virtual Reality finally appeared to go more mainstream this week with an announcement from the internet juggernaut known as Pornhub. They now have a free VR Channel on their site, which will surely receive record "incognito" site visits. We go into discussion of what this means for the industry as a whole and whether or not it will make a difference in VR device sales.

The state of New Jersey is on the verge of a ground-breaking law. They have a proposed bill that would make it illegal to walk and text at the same time. It's most likely that everyone reading this post would be guilty of this. If it passes, violators could receive a $50 fine, or 15 days behind bars. Text responsibly when in New Jersey, everyone!

Finally, Red Man and Methodman just invested in a new Kickstarter app that will help you find stores that sell a specific product. Can you guess what it is? It's exactly what you think it is.

 

Today's episode features Nick Mokey, Drew Prindle, Rick Stella and Greg Nibler.

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