From smart sheep to telepathic advertising, technology took us in some strange directions during 2015. In this brave new world of robot chefs, mind-controlled drones and scary AI, we celebrate the weirdest news of the year.
Google has revealed the latest automaton to come out of its Boston Dynamics lab, a robotic dog which can withstand a hefty kick from a human.
Sony Pictures has expanded distribution of its controversial comedy film The Interview to include more theatres and video-on-demand platforms, after hackers threatened to attack cinemas screening the film.
Not content with knowing you’re entire social life, Facebook now wants to read your mind- and has the technology to do it, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Staff at Australian airline Qantas have kept up their end of a bizarre social media bet after New Zealand triumphed in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday.
— Qantas (@Qantas) November 2, 2015
A pair of robot hands could soon be found in every home, able to stir, pour and bake its way to creating meals for their human owners, following the launch of a new robo-chef prototype this week.
In further evidence of how the internet of things is spreading to new industries, a new app is helping sheep farmers keep track of their flock via a smartphone app.
A mind controlled drone project called ‘Brainflight’ has been revealed in Portugal, hinting at how hands free interfaces could work in the future.
Watch the video demonstration courtesy of BBC news below:
Will marketers become able to target products and services based on the sensitive personal data of not just you, but also your friends? That’s what Facebook believes according to latest patent filings.
US police pulled over one of Google’s self-driving cars this year for driving slowly, but there was no traffic infraction. The vehicle was caught driving 24 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone, according to a police report, and was pulled over after a traffic officer noticed traffic backing up behind it.
IBM’s supercomputer Watson has turned its hand to cooking, with a new app that creates new recipes based on user’s selected ingredients.Some of the initial dishes cooked up by Chef Watson were pretty outlandish – such as Baltic Apple pie which included a layer of pork. There are even more bizarre flavour combinations on the app – including Strawberry Curry.
Forget Marvin the Paranoid Android- we now have Google the Nihilistic Synthetic. The web giant’s new super-intelligent robot has answered some of life’s biggest philosophical questions, providing some rather creepy answers that highlight challenges facing AI technology in the future.