We all know technology has its moments.
CES 2018 (Consumer Electronics Show) was meant to showcase the latest innovation and technology, but it also clearly showed how things don't always go to plan.
First up, Las Vegas saw its first rainfall in 116 days. This unplanned 'disaster' meant a complete power failure for the electronics show as “condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers”.
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The rain caused yet more problems, as the maiden voyage of a passenger-carrying drone (think flying taxi) was cancelled due to some drizzle. Apparently they hadn’t planned on “inclement weather”. Testing in the UK may be long delayed.
The robot revolution is coming, with automation and AI creeping into many areas of work and home life. Google certainly went all out at CES to promote their smart assistant and the range of devices that it’s being added to – including TVs and touchscreens.
LG were also showing off a cute robot smart assistant called CLOi. When being asked the obviously rehearsed questions by LG’s Vice President of US Marketing though, the little robot kept dumb. It merely blinked, perplexed. Inevitably, somebody shouted “turn it off and on again”.