There have been times this year where the technology has failed or hasn’t fully worked – from giant internet blackouts and crippling ransomware attacks to a slew of problems for Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook. (So, in fact, it’s the only company we’ve listed twice here.)
Here is CNN Business’s list of some of the most notable technology disasters of 2021:
Citizen app falsely identifies suspected arsonist
The company had used a new product in its app called OnAir to disseminate information about the suspect, but said it did not follow its own verification protocols before releasing the information.
Ransomware attacks become big problems
Two outages cut off (briefly) a large part of the Internet
The Fastly outage was detected within a minute and lasted less than an hour for most affected websites, while Akamai notified customers of the issue within seconds and was able to resolve it within four hours (and the company said the most affected customers were offline for just minutes).
Facebook is a terrible, horrible, not good, very bad day
Monday, October 4 was dreadful in many ways for the soon-to-be-renamed company Meta.
Zillow learns a hard lesson about estimating house prices with AI
The news was a startling admission of defeat for the real estate listing company, which wrote down its inventory by $ 304 million in the third quarter, saw its shares plummet and said it plans to cut 2,000 jobs. a quarter of its staff.
‘Completely Autonomous’ Tesla Freaks Out Drivers (Including CNN)
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has long touted the electric vehicle company’s âfully autonomous drivingâ software. At the end of 2021, however, it is still not fully autonomous – instead it offers driver assistance features that force users to agree that they must remain vigilant behind the wheel in case they need to take relay. Additionally, only a small number of Tesla drivers have been able to try it out so far, including a group of customers who have paid $ 10,000 each to access the “beta” version of the feature.