Monday, 22 April, 2019

"I see people dying", states Alexa to its owner

'Every time I close my eyes, all I see is people dying' - man's Amazon Alexa makes terrifying statement Amazon Alexa Creeps Man Out With A Rather Morbid Reply
Katie Ramirez | 25 June, 2018, 18:31

Well, its latest antic will scare you even more.

Amazon India has announced that its digital assistant Alexa and Echo smart speaker line can now be used to control a greater number of Smart Home devices.

Shawn Kinnear. 30, told the free subway newspaper Metro that out of the blue, his Amazon Echo told him that "Every time I close my eyes, all I see is people dying".

Several media reports had said that Marriott had tested both Apple Inc's Siri and Amazon's Alexa to select what was best suited for its hotels. But Kinnear didn't specify how exactly he asked Alexa to repeat the statement. As he was watching TV on his Amazon Prime account, his Echo speaker paused the program to utter a weird sentence.

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In a twist worthy of M. Night Shyamalan, Alexa told a "disturbed" Amazon Echo owner that it was able to see dead people. "I walked back in from the kitchen and she made her statement". For example, if they ask, "Alexa, where are the best surfing spots today near Santa Barbara", the voice assistant will scour all the various surfing skills on the platform to determine whether they can understand and help process the request.

I think voice control devices, as omnipresent as they are about to become because of the supposed simplicity they add to some tasks, can lead to laziness and I hope I'm never faced with staying in a hotel room where I'm face-to-face with Alexa. For instance, in March, the smart assistant started laughing at its users for no reason. Many users took to Twitter to post their scary experience. Amazon already sells a version of Alexa for workplaces, and has struck deals to place Alexa in cars and refrigerators. My wife was there when it happened and she is the only person who can drop-in.

The company in a statement to BuzzFeed said "We are changing that phrase to be 'Alexa, can you laugh?' which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance 'Alexa, laugh.' We are also changing Alexa's response from simply laughter to 'Sure, I can laugh, ' followed by laughter".

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