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Someone set out to make the world’s stupidest bot, and he definitely succeeded

Zach Epstein
May 17th, 2016 at 3:04 PM
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An event taking place this week in San Francisco called the Stupid Hackathon is exactly what it sounds like. Programmers convene and try to outdo each other by coming up with the stupidest ideas possible and then hacking them together during the event. These hackathons always result in some pretty spectacular creations, but among what we’ve seen so far there is a clear and obvious winner.

Prepare yourself for “Picnic,” the brainchild of programmer Max Goodman.

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Via Select All, we find the video below of Goodman testing his creation Picnic for the first time. What does Picnic do? It’s a simple bot with one function and as its name suggests, its function is to send you on a picnic. Harmless though it may sound, the devil is in the details — and the details are where things get stupid.

Tapping the Picnic button in your browser will trigger a series of unfortunate events that would leave Lemony Snicket scratching his head.

First, the bot finds a random location that is somewhat nearby and shows you a picture of it on Google Street View. Then Picnic orders an Uber car to your current location and sets the aforementioned random location as your destination. Finally, the bot randomly selects a restaurant on Seamless, randomly selects a bunch of food items from the menu, orders them, and has your order delivered to the previously selected location.

…so you can go on a Picnic.

Of note, the runner up for the stupidest creation at this year’s Stupid Hackathon in San Francisco has to be Glen Chiacchieri’s “Screamy Bird,” which is a Flappy Bird clone you operate by screaming. It might have been the stupidest piece of software born at the event if Flappy Bird wasn’t already so stupid to begin with.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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