Top tech fails of the last decade


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Creating a great tech product – whether it’s a piece of innovative software or powerful cutting-edge hardware – is no mean feat.

You don’t have to look any further than the plethora of cancelled projects from tech giant Google to see how difficult it is to turn a new idea into something meaningful and perhaps even lucrative.

Despite its vast resources and capital, the company has repeatedly launched and dropped numerous experiments and start-ups.

One of the recent examples is its Loon Internet-beaming balloons, which were intended to deliver Internet to remote locations, but were likely made redundant by SpaceX’s Starlink service.

However, while SpaceX’s Starlink appears poised for success, one could also ask CEO Elon Musk about how one little mishap relating to his other major company – Tesla – can make a scene.

When Musk showed off Tesla’s Cybertruck bakkie, the supposed bullet-proof car window shattered when hit by a metal ball.

The moment was a viral hit on the Internet and detracted from an otherwise intriguing unveiling.

Since the field of technology is an area where new ground is broken, these types of mistakes can be pretty common.

Below are 10 monumental tech flops from the past 10 years – ranked from least bad to worst.

10. LG CLOi robot

Few real-life scenes are as cringeworthy as the moments in which LG’s former Senior Vice President for Marketing Dave VanderWaal attempted to engage with the company’s LG CLOi robot during CES 2018.

While initially responding to Dave’s greeting and a question regarding his schedule, CLOi subsequently failed to answer three more questions.

This was met a mixture of awkward silence and scattered laughs from the crowd of journalists in attendance.

9. TayTweets

Microsoft’s AI-powered Twitter chatbot Tay caused a furore only hours after her launch back in March 2016.

The bot was designed to imitate the language patterns of a 19-year-old American girl and learn through interaction with real Twitter users.

While Tay initially provided standard responses and could even caption memes, she soon started tweeting a range of insulting, racist, and inflammatory remarks based on inputs she had processed from other…