Many social media users have been having a serious chat about artificial intelligence after Amazon’s Alexa, a virtual assistant, told a child to touch an electrical socket with a coin. Taking to Twitter, the child’s mother shared how shocked she was to hear the virtual assistant telling the 10-year-old to do the dangerous “challenge”.
Mom fuming after Alexa tells daughter to touch a plug socket with a coin
All over the world, Artificial Intelligence is becoming part of everyday life. One mom and her daughter have left many reconsidering whether virtual assistants such as Alexa and Siri are actually the way to go in terms of safety.
This after Kristin Livdahl’s 10-year-old asked Alexa to give her a challenge. The assistant responded by telling the child to do the “penny challenge”.
This involves plugging a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet and then touching a penny to the exposed prongs. Taking to Twitter Kristin explained the scary incident:
“OMFG, My 10 year old just asked Alexa on our Echo for a challenge and this is what she said,” wrote Kristin with a screenshot of Alexa’s challenge suggestion.
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Here’s what tweeps are saying:
“Perhaps it’s a good time to rethink Why you let this surveillance Tool in your house in the first place . No blame-shifting, Amazon is responsible above all. But I really don’t get why people want to put these devices in their homes.”
“I bought my 7-year-old an Amazon kids subscription with this cute tiger. He loved it, played adventures and animal workouts all day. Then asks before bed, “Alexa give me a Santa fact” and she starts telling him Santa is a myth in different countries.”
“What did you expect when you outsourced parenting to an AI.”