Sunday Funnies: Smart Toaster Disrupts Internet of Things Keynote

burned-toastI’ve been warning about the dangers of self-aware machines for some time.

Here is a story about how a toaster disrupted a keynote address by ARM CEO Simon Segars at the annual ARM TechCon Conference.  It seems that the toaster was toasting a bagel which got stuck, and started burning.  The smoke caused the fire alarms to go of in the middle of the keynote address.  The convention center had to be evacuated.

The toaster undoubtedly had some sort of chip and electronics on board.  The topic of the speech was the Internet of Things, and how all of our devices are become smart and connecting to the web.  Kind of ironic, really when you think about it.


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