Hacker attacks are not a new thing. In 1988, a computer science student brought the entire Internet to a standstill. Oops!
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At T-Mobile Austria, Tinka, a robot, answers customer inquiries in the online chat. She replies to inquiries regarding products and service plans and also has a personal side: she likes soccer and tells customers her secrets.
One of the first automated home computers was known as ECHO IV in 1966. It was meant to regulate temperature in the house, turn devices on and off and create shopping lists. It was never introduced to market, however, Its enormous size may have been one reason for this.
"Need fresh grass! Love, Bessie"? Not exactly. Sensors in a collar measure the cow's vital signs and activity and send the information to a data collector. The data collector then sends text messages to the farmer, for example, when a cow is about to give birth.