When Alexa prompts a child to touch an electrical outlet

Via an Echo smart speaker, Amazon voice assistant Alexa suggested a 10-year-old girl half-plug a phone charger into a wall outlet, then touch the exposed pins with a coin.

This obviously dangerous challenge offered to the child was not imagined by a malicious artificial intelligence. It is related to the “Penny Challenge” found on the Web and which had been talked about last year on TikTok.

Fortunately, the girl was clear enough not to take up such a challenge, while her mother intervened, shouting: ” No Alexa, no !

She explains : ” We were doing physical challenges, like lying down and turning around with a shoe on the foot, from a PE teacher on YouTube earlier. Bad weather outside. She (editor’s note: the child) just wanted another one.

Algorithms have not done their job

To the BBC, Amazon said it has updated its voice assistant to no longer suggest such activity in the future.

Customer trust is at the center of everything we do and Alexa is designed to deliver accurate, relevant and useful information to customers. As soon as we became aware of this error, we took quick action to correct it.

Source: GNT – actualités by www.generation-nt.com.

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