CounterBug is a digital self-defence device that eases cyber paranoia

Glasgow School of Art graduate Erlend Prendergast has designed a modular robotic device that talks back to Amazon‘s virtual assistant Alexa in order to protect users from digital surveillance. Prendergast developed the CounterBug project during his final year of study on the Scottish school’s Product Design course. The self-initiated project explores some of the widespread […]

Amazon to deliver purchases by drone “within months”

Amazon‘s all-electric Prime Air drone is expected to start autonomously delivering packages to customers within months, in a bid to get orders to buyers faster than the one-day delivery service. The news was announced yesterday at Amazon’s inaugural re:Mars conference in Las Vegas, where the online retailer unveiled the latest design of its Prime Air […]

United Nations criticises voice assistants for promoting gender biases

A United Nations report has found that Apple‘s Siri, Amazon‘s Alexa, and other female-voiced digital assistants “reinforce commonly held gender biases”. The assistants both reinforce negative ideas of women as being subservient and help to normalise verbal assault, a new report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) argues. “Because the speech of […]

Jeff Bezos unveils Blue Moon lander as next step towards a space colony future

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos has revealed plans for a lunar lander, claiming that humans will become a space-faring species in the near future. Bezos, who funds the Blue Origin space programme, presented the Blue Moon lander at an event in Washington DC earlier this month. His suggestion is that future human beings will live on […]

Graham Baba designs moody Deep Dive speakeasy at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters

US studio Graham Baba Architects took cues from speakeasies and adventure novels to create a dimly lit bar in Seattle filled with oddities and nature-inspired decor, such as dried plants and taxidermy. Deep Dive bar is located at Amazon Spheres, a trio of greenery-filled, glass domes at the retail company’s downtown Seattle campus. The bar occupies a small […]

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