Should old technology be forgotten and never remembered? While we’ve been celebrating the best technology purchases of 2023, we’re on the other end of the spectrum by identifying this year’s standout products. It also led to me thinking about it. What was the worst thing we saw this year? What products, features, and ideas failed to live up to their lofty promises? After much consideration, we find that the biggest disappointments lie in overrated features I decided that. These are the top five (or is it the bottom?).
Meta AI Persona
After the collapse of the Metaverse, the meta had to find a new direction and captured the latest trends in the weirdest and most meta way possible with AI personas. These are AI chatbots with celebrity faces that have been paid millions of dollars as caricatures, but the persona part of the bot (name, area of expertise) has nothing to do with the celebrity’s face.
There are 28 AI personas, including Kendall Jenner as the face of her ride-or-die friend Billie (known for her deadpan modeling, which makes her the least interesting of the family). (known for making members). Ask for advice. Paris Hilton plays the role of Amber. Amber is a detective who helps solve murder cases. Snoop Dogg helps run a role-playing adventure as a dungeon master. All of these can be accessed to send messages on Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp.
After this corporate oddity disappeared from the news cycle, we heard nothing at all from the meta-AI persona. If you don’t believe us, just ask Billy.
Audio cues for Humane’s AI pins
The Humane AI Pin won’t actually ship until March of next year, but after seeing a working demo, it’s hard not to worry about the tumultuous future ahead. Many of the interfaces rely on both the user’s voice and the AI’s voice.
This is just AirPods and other wireless headphones. While the Humane AI Pin does work with Bluetooth headphones, its format can encourage loud chats between the device and the user.
3. Google Search Generation Experience
AI has been popping up everywhere this year, but perhaps the place that has gotten the most attention is Google Search. Google Search Generative Experience was released in beta in May, giving users the option to get an AI-generated summary that answers a query directly on the search page, rather than being linked to the source.
This search may prevent publication. By taking copyrighted works all over the internet with little indication of copyright (other than the click-to-view arrow) and bypassing source sites, Google is destroying an entire industry that relies on advertising to exist. can be easily destroyed.
To keep this example personal, PCMag spends thousands of hours a year testing electronics at scale. Our staff is primarily compensated by the people who visit our site through the ads that appear next to (but do not influence) these reviews. It doesn’t cost anything to read these helpful and unbiased reviews, but if Google summarized the work of its analysts on its own site, it wouldn’t be able to pay the staff who write them.
Google shows no signs of stopping AI-powered search, and so far there are no good answers in the media about what to do about it.
2. Tesla Autopilot
Tesla’s Autopilot has been a feature of the company’s car line for a while, and has been a concern for just as long. The National Highway Transportation Safety Association began investigating accidents involving Autopilot more than two years ago and has expanded its investigation ever since. A Washington Post data analysis found that Autopilot was to blame in eight fatal or serious crashes.
However, it was only this year that this feature was recalled by NHTSA. The issue in question is expected to be fixed in an over-the-air software update, but further action is needed on this controversial feature.
1. Apple Watch Blood Oxygen Sensor
This isn’t necessarily overstated, but it was probably a lot of haste on Apple’s part. The blood oxygen sensor on Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 essentially measures how well your lungs are working. While this is valuable information on its own or as part of a larger health picture, how the watch’s sensors work is the subject of an International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation.
Medical technology company Masimo announced that it had met with Apple to incorporate its work into the Watch, and filed a patent dispute with the ITC. Masimo claims that Apple declined the partnership, but then poached key employees to reproduce Masimo’s technology, infringing the company’s patents. The ITC ruled in favor of Masimo, and two Watch models equipped with this technology were temporarily removed from sale. It’s now back on store shelves while Apple appeals through the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Regardless of the outcome of the appeal, Apple is redesigning the feature in a way it claims will avoid patent issues and is asking U.S. Customs to approve the redesign.