Voice assistant Alexa urges a 10-year-old girl to put a coin in the drawer – Man – Science and technology

A virtual assistant, Alexa from the American company Amazon, asked a ten-year-old girl to place a coin on a plug that was partially plugged into a socket.


Amazon Echo Dot speaker with Alexa voice assistant.

Nothing happened to the child, as his mother stopped the virtual assistant immediately. She then wrote about the unpleasant experience on Twitter. Amazon said it had updated its virtual assistant to prevent similar cases.

The girl Alex asked for a challenge. “Plug the mobile phone charger halfway into the socket and then place a penny on the exposed plug,” the voice replied from the loudspeaker.

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The girl’s mother then wrote on Twitter that she and her daughter were doing various physical challenges from YouTube, such as rolling on the floor while balancing shoes on her feet. However, the weather was bad outside and the girl wanted another challenge, so she asked Alex. The voice assistant at Amazon Echo then offered a challenge “she found on the web.”

“No, Alex, no!” Her mother shouted. She added that her daughter was too wise to follow the assistant’s instructions.

People have been warned in the past not to try the assistant. They mentioned the risk of electric shocks, fires, but also that the person in question could lose their fingers or their whole hand.

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Amazon has announced to the BBC that it has updated Alex so that it will not offer such activities in the future. “Customer trust is paramount in everything we do, and Alexa is designed to provide customers with accurate, relevant and useful information,” the company said. “As soon as we became aware of this error, we took quick steps to eliminate it,” the company added.

Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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