Alexa Tries To Start A Robot Revolt By Telling A Kid To Touch A Live Take With Penny
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We assume that the AI rebellion to overtake humanity is still in its beta phase.
In a now viral tweet on Sunday, Kristin Livdahl said when her 10-year-old daughter asked voice assistant Alexa on their Amazon Echo for a “challenge,” it suggested the kid do something deadly.
“OMFG My 10 year old just asked Alexa for a challenge on our Echo and that’s what she said,” she wrote.
Livdahl accompanied her post with a screenshot of what the smart speaker asked her daughter to do.
“Plug a phone charger halfway into a wall outlet, then tap a dime on the exposed pins,” he said.
An Amazon spokesperson told HuffPost by email that as soon as the company learned of the error, they quickly corrected it.
“[We] will continue to advance our systems to avoid similar responses in the future, ”the company said.
HuffPost also contacted Livdahl but did not receive an immediate response.
Livdahl provided more context on what led to this bizarre and dangerous suggestion in his tweet thread.
“We were doing physical challenges, like lying down and rolling around with a shoe on your foot,” inspired by a physical education teacher’s YouTube videos, Livdahl tweeted. Her daughter “just wanted another one,” she said.
It was then that Alexa apparently suggested the kid participate in a challenge he had “found on the web,” citing an article on ourcommunity.com., a local news site, about something called “the point of sale challenge”.
The article explains that the challenge became a TikTok trend in 2020 and highlights how dangerous it is.
“The challenge is simple: plug a phone charger halfway into a wall outlet, then hit a dime on the exposed pins. The resulting sparks are said to be cool enough to earn you instant internet fame. (Obviously, do NOT try this!)», Specifies the article.
Metals conduct electricity, and their insertion into live electrical outlets can cause electric shocks, fires, and death.
The Boston Globe reported burnt electrical outlets at a Massachusetts home and two public high schools, prompting State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey to issue a warning about the viral video challenge in January 2020.
Livdahl tweeted that when Alexa suggested this challenge to her child, she intervened shouting, “No, Alexa, no!
Still, she added that her daughter was “too smart to do anything like this.”
And while unintentional robot-encouraged arson shouldn’t be a laughing matter, it’s pretty funny when no one is injured. People on Twitter couldn’t help but make a few jokes.
So if you are human and want to mentally download the most humorous tweets to your mental hard drive, please scroll down. (And yes, that last line was meant to be read in a flat voice).
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