Eye-opening Technology Failures Of 2016 

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Eye-opening Technology Failures Of 2016 
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For all the tech lovers out there, the year 2016 has been an eventful one. From Facebook, Twitter on targets of the hackers, this year was a rough one for technology.

Even the behemoth, Samsung suffered a technology backfire with its Note 7 handset. No doubt, there have been some path-breaking advancements in the field of technology, but there is no ignoring the fact that it can also misfire.

While looking at the brighter side, technology has taken strides in the areas of virtual reality, encryption and Wi-Fi. Also, companies such as Twitter, Facebook and Google faced the flak for letting misleading and fake information travel through their platforms.

Thus, it is essential that we be aware and cautious while enjoying the perks of technology. Because all that glitters is not gold, after all!

Here are some of the technology glitches that we have encountered in 2016.

1. Samsung's Note 7 phone recalled globally due to exploding batteries.

1. Samsung's Note 7 phone recalled globally due to exploding batteries.

South Korea-based electronics company, Samsung had to recently call back its flagship Note 7 phones. As many as 2.5 million handsets were called. The company suffered a huge loss of a whopping $17 bn. Many airlines banned its passengers from carrying this phone in flight and to this, Samsung asked its customers to charge the phone only to a level of 60%, to prevent the overheating of the phone.

Also read: How much did Galaxy Note 7 explosions recall cost Samsung?

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2. Facebook mistakenly declared its CEO Mark Zuckerberg dead.

2. Facebook mistakenly declared its CEO Mark Zuckerberg dead.
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This incident occurred in November, when the company accidentally declared around 2 million people dead, which included the CEO as well. In an unintentional technology glitch, several users were greeted with a eulogy message on their friends' accounts and some shockingly discovered their own accounts memorialised!

Huh! Just imagine, you wake up and discover yourself dead on Facebook! Definitely, technology is not always a boon.

3. Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad.

3. Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad.
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The aerospace manufacturer's rocket burst into fumes in Florida, this September. The complete rocket was destroyed along with its payload. The aim of the rocket was to provide spot-beam broadband for Facebook's internet.org initiative. Moreover, SpaceX is the first private company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station. Also, Musk used Twitter to ask NASA and US Air Force to help in finding out the reason behind this mishap.

4. Twitter accidentally suspended account of his own CEO Jack Dorsey.

4. Twitter accidentally suspended account of his own CEO Jack Dorsey.
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Yes, technology is nothing without a human. It can backfire as well. Thus, a balanced and monitored use is only good. Although the suspension lasted only for 15 minutes, just imagine the kind of further damage that may be caused if something else happened. On reactivation of the account, Dorsey tweeted "Just setting up my twttr...again (account suspension was an internal mistake)."

5. 2016 can be marked as the year of hackers.

5. 2016 can be marked as the year of hackers.
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Many of the you-know-who's of the technology genre fell prey to hackers. Twitter and Pinterest accounts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were hacked in June, while Quora account of Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter account of Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales were also hacked. There is always a flip-side of everything, so of technology. 

6. Indian company, Ringing Bells announced world's cheapest smartphone but failed to deliver.

6. Indian company, Ringing Bells announced world's cheapest smartphone but failed to deliver.
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The startup promised in February, smartphones costing Rs 251 only. The company claimed over 7 crore pre-orders only in a period of four days. The company has only delivered a number of  25 lakh handsets, which were planned for delivery before June 30. Also, you will be astonished to find that Freedom 251 was the second most searched term in 2016 on Google globally. Also, the CEO Mohit Goel has quit the company.

7. Tay, Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence chatterbot on Twitter was taken down only 16 hours after its launch.

7. Tay, Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence chatterbot on Twitter was taken down only 16 hours after its launch.
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The AI was made to converse with the age group of 18-24 years, but in real time, kit started tweeting misogynistic and racist tweets. There were tweets like "Hitler was right", "9/11 was an inside job" and "Feminists should all die and burn in hell", which the machine had learned while chatting with the human users.

Looking at the eye-opening phenomena, one must be cautious while using technology.

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