Okay, this one is going to take some explaining. Mutekimaru Channel is a Japanese YouTube user, with a popular livestream where his pet fish play Pokemon. Yes, you read that right. A motion-tracking circuit board set next to the tank is divided up into different sections, each one representing a specific video game controller input. As a fish swims by that section of the board, the fish “plays” that particular action. All of this is live-streamed to an audience who get to watch the fish battle their Pokemon.
Sounds fun, and like nothing could possibly go wrong, right? Here’s where chaos theory, or at least Jurassic Park’s “Life finds a way” comes into play.
At some point, the game crashed, and the fish found themselves in the Nintendo Switch’s menu. Swimming patterns brought them to the Nintendo Store, where not only did they purchase some items, but they exposed the owner’s credit card information to the viewing audience in the process.
There’s a lesson in here about AI and our community’s increasing efforts to automate processes, but I’ll leave that up to the reader. Potential consequences may involve having to write a letter to customer service asking, “I am very sorry, but is it possible to get a refund for items purchased in error by my pet fish?”