Bugs don’t seem to be that much of a threat to dominate the world but it did, at least in the news and in terms of software. People became afraid of them throughout the year of 2017, thinking that they will render us humans obsolete, if not kill us.
Many had different reactions to buggy software ranging from surprise, alarm, irritation, to feeling funny.
Like the flaw in Google Play Services that demanded access to body sensors. The sensors had to do with fitness apps but Gmail's reply was creepy as it had no need of them. One commenter asked what Google was after asking why he had to turn on body sensors to access Gmail.
Another, a vulnerability called “Krack” was identified by Belgian University researchers. The vulnerability allows the circumvention of the encryption built into the Wi-Fi WPA2 standard.
Another was the breaching of the credit monitoring Equifax's website by hackers who made off with sensitive information of up to 143 million Americans.
Yet another was identified by Android Police’s Artem Russakovskii who discovered that Google Mini Home Smart speaker was recording audio 24/7 and storing them on Google’s servers. It turns out there was a glitch in the speaker's touch panel.
There was also the bug that made Twitter look homophobic that when one searches for words like “gay” or ‘bisexual,” they turn up nothing. The bug was related to the algorithm which it uses to flag down adult content but which had mistakenly hidden some tweets relating to some terms.
There were other bugs like the one that “causes iPhones to substitute an A and a strange character whenever users type 'I,' resulting in widespread typos on Facebook and Twitter,” so writes Harry McCracken at fastcompany.com. Also, the bug that made Googles new Pixel1 and Pixel2 XL phones go click and click.
There were other computer bugs but next time one of them "bites" into your computer, remember that they are simply bugs that have been written by humans.
And computers follow our instructions.