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July 25, 2006

Not your father's Turing test

The Flea's Network Warfare Expert forwards news with the claim that Turing tests are now passé.

Salvation is at hand for everyone reduced to tears by the challenge of putting together Ikea flatpack furniture. An American university is developing a robot to assemble an Ikea Billy bookcase.

Flea-readers will be able to guess my feelings as to the wisdom of this endeavour. Don't get me started about Twinkies.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 25, 2006 10:47 AM


With apologies to the 80s shampoo commercial... Don't hate IKEA because assembly is required; hate it because it's friggin' ugly.

What we need is a machine to create beautiful mahogany-finish Bombay Company furniture.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 25, 2006 02:57 PM

Quite right. In fact, it strikes me you have just articulated an enormously important business opportunity.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 25, 2006 02:59 PM