Amazon is facing much criticism on social media after its voice assistant Alexa suggested a life-threatening “challenge” for a 10-year-old girl.
The girl had asked Alexa to suggest a challenge for her, and the smart speaker asked her to touch the live pins of a half-inserted plug. Alexa instructed the young woman to plug a phone charger halfway into an outlet and then place a coin on the exposed tips. The incident sparked anguish and alarm on social media after the girl’s mother, Kristin Livdahl, shared what happened on Twitter.
The dangerous activity that Alexa suggested to the girl through an Echo smart speaker is known as the or the “exit challenge” and began circulating on social media platforms, including TikTok, about ago. one year. Coins are made up of metals that are good conductors of electricity. Inserting them into an outlet can cause electric shock, fire, and damage to people and property. Amazon said it fixed the after the company learned of the incident.
Many users expressed surprise and anger at how the smart speaker prepared the girl for dangerous activity, and some questioned the evolution of the technology behind her. Another noted that Alexa ironically omitted the part of the article that was referenced for the challenge” that warned parents about this viral activity. Another user questioned the need for such a “surveillance tool” in the home.
Livdahl, her mother, said her daughter wanted to try some physical challenges they learned earlier on YouTube, but the weather was bad outside and the girl wanted to do another one inside her house. Then Alexa suggested the challenge she had “found on the web,” her mother added. Following the episode, Amazon told the BBC in a statement that it had updated Alexa to prevent the voice assistant from recommending such activity in the future.
That “customer trust is at the center of everything we do.” “This bug, we take swift action to fix it,” Amazon said in the statement. It was a good time to go through Internet security and not trust what you read again without investigating and verifying again. We thought YouTube’s cesspool was what we needed to worry about at this age, with limited access to the internet and social media, but it’s not the only thing.
In regards to this incident, the girl’s mother was there to intervene immediately. But we can only imagine the damage that would have been caused if a parent or guardian was not present. How does Oppo Find N improve over Galaxy Z Fold 3? We talked about this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, and wherever you get your podcasts.