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Amazon AI bot goes hilariously wrong

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  • July 13, 2017
  • Courtney Devereux
Amazon AI bot goes hilariously wrong

In the never-ending saga of strange Amazon products and reviews, an Amazon AI bot that was created to design smartphone covers has gone slightly wrong.

According to Amazon the bot was meant to choose images based on popular Google searches, but in a suspected design flaw the site is now offering inappropriate, albeit hilarious, cover suggestions.

The bot, before being either shut down or fixed, created thousands of smartphone cases that no one would consider workplace, or anyplace, appropriate.

Some cases held photos of a graphic nature, such as lines of cocaine or a syringe full of heroin, while some were just confusing, like two chiselled men cutting a wedge of cheese.

Regardless if anyone actually bought these phone cases, sarcastically or not, here are the top ones that were available for purchase - ordered in level of workplace appropriateness.

The bot is a comforting reminder that even artificial intelligence from the world’s biggest shopping platform can still have its issues. 

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April Fools' Day: Retailers weigh in on the trickery

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  • April 3, 2018
  • StopPress Team
April Fools' Day: Retailers weigh in on the trickery

April Fools' Day has come and gone, with another year of hoaxes, parodies and general tomfoolery. We look at the contentious day of false advertising, crooked campaign strategies and playful product launches.

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Vans collaborates with Rains

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  • March 6, 2018
Vans collaborates with Rains

Vans shoes is no stranger to using collaborations to keep itself in the forefront of consumers’ minds, the shoe brand has announced its latest partnership with Copenhagen–based outerwear brand, Rains.

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'Perfect for global warming': Kiwi entrepreneurs debut Trump ice-head trays

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  • March 1, 2018
  • Harriet Keown
'Perfect for global warming': Kiwi entrepreneurs debut Trump ice-head trays

It’s unlikely that any boardroom has brought up the issue of climate change and decided on the solution of melting more ice. But in an ironic turn of events, two New Zealand entrepreneurs have launched an ingenious product: Trump ice-head Trays. Encouraging consumers to “Cool down while the planet warms up,” the ice trays are moulded in the shape of a golf-ball size, 360° replica of US President Donald Trump’s head, with all profits going to the Environmental Justice Foundation.

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Lewis Road Creamery in mint condition

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  • March 1, 2018
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Lewis Road creamery have released their latest limited edition flavour. Chocolate-mint is the next item on the list for the popular dairy distributor.

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Embrace the retail apocalypse with American Mall

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US business media site Bloomberg has created a tongue-in-cheek game which puts players in the position of managing a rat-infested, failing mall, complete with imaginatively-named chain stores.

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Retailers handle the Valentines Day rush

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Retailers handle the Valentines Day rush

Love was in the air this Valentine's as Neilsen analytics reported a large jump in Valentine's themes spending. We talked to retailers Hello and Cookie and Eden Flowers about the increase in business on the most loved-up day of the year.

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