Claire Downs

"What Do You Do For a Living?"

A Former Clickhole Writer Made a ‘Content Bot’ That Will Probably Become My Boss

It’s already won a comedy competition and is currently applying to be Poet Laureate for the city of Redmond, Washington.
Claire Downs
10.12.17
hipstamatic

Remember Hipstamatic? It's Still Alive

"It's weird—and sometimes sad—to look back and realize that we had a major role to play in the very existence of Instagram."
Claire Downs
10.9.17
Dear Future

This Farm Has No Farmers

The 'Hands Free Hectare' gives us a peek at the future of automated agriculture.
Claire Downs
10.3.17
passing the buck

Study Finds That Banning Trolls Works, to Some Degree

After Reddit banned r/Fatpeoplehate and r/Coontown, they took their trolling elsewhere.
Claire Downs
9.13.17
iPhone X

A Brief Look at the New Features in the iPhone X and the iPhone 8

Wireless charging, no more bezels, and Face ID.
Claire Downs
9.12.17
Art

These Cyberpunk 3D Renderings Are Completely Mindblowing

Layer upon layer of sorcery.
Claire Downs
9.12.17
Dear Future

‘Placenta-on-a-Chip’ Technology Will Let Scientists Research Neonatal Diseases Without Using Human Fetuses

Scientists have made breakthroughs in simulating the human body on a microchip.
Claire Downs
9.12.17
linguistics

Why Linguists Watched the Same Season of 'Big Brother' for 6 Years

Sometimes you gotta suffer for science.
Claire Downs
9.6.17
Artificial Intelligence

Million Dollar Computer Chess Problem Will Take 'Thousands of Years' to Solve

4,426,165,368 possible queen positions.
Claire Downs
9.6.17
gator squad

A Viral Hurricane Harvey Tweet Is Giving Gators a Bad Reputation

"Education is always key: alligators are misunderstood."
Claire Downs
8.29.17
DIY

This DIY, Light-Up Wooden Watch Was Made as a Delightfully Over-the-Top Gift

The "Word Watch" features 3D-carved letters, LED lights, and comes in multiple languages.
Claire Downs
8.25.17
there's an app for that

Can Sarahah Avoid the Disasters That Doomed Other Feedback Apps?

From the ashes of Lulu and YikYak, another app has risen to let your friends anonymously talk shit about you.
Claire Downs
8.8.17