6) The World's First "Adult Service Droid" Was Created
Whilst most people's attention has been on the technically impressive Sofia robot, you may have forgotten this is the year that brought us the world's very first "adult service" droid, and it's horrifying.
The droid moves back and forth like it's moshing. It gets even more horrifying when you realize she is wearing a parka coat because she doesn't have any skin. Yep, the world's most technically advanced robot prostitute is essentially a mannequin's head on a stick. Nightmare fuel.
5) The CDC Had To Issue A Warning Telling People Not To Eat A Part Of Their Own Body
In 2017, the fad for eating parts of one's own body appears to have taken off. Kim and Kourtney Kardashian did it. X-Men: First Class actress January Jones did it. All the celebrities appear to have eaten their own placenta after giving birth.
Despite the fact that there is no evidence that eating your placenta has any health benefits, the idea has gone bizarrely mainstream, with plenty of people on YouTube posting videos on how to prepare placenta, cook placenta, or even turn it into a milkshake.
Well, it took off so much this year that the CDC put out a warning to everyone not to eat your own body.
In the report, the CDC says that health officials believe placenta capsules may have caused an infection in a baby in Portland, Oregon. The mother had her placenta turned into capsules by a company she thought to be safe, but the baby fell ill after she took them. The capsules were tested and found to contain infectious bacteria, though the researchers note they can't rule out other possibilities.
"Placenta ingestion has recently been promoted to postpartum women for its physical and psychological benefits, although scientific evidence to support this is lacking," the center warns in its report. They point out that “no standards exist for processing placenta for consumption."
The CDC note that it's possible the placenta pills were not heated properly to kill the bacteria.
"The placenta encapsulation process does not per se eradicate infectious pathogens; thus, placenta capsule ingestion should be avoided.”
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