Amazons Alexa has been developed over the years to offer ever better access to information and knowledge. But the voice-activated assistant recently gave some dangerous advice to a curious child.
According to a tweet posted by Kristin Livdahl, Alexa told her ten-year-old child that she should touch a coin in an exposed electrical outlet.
“My 10-year-old just asked Alexa on our Echo about a challenge, and that’s what she said,” Livdahl shared on Twitter.
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Livdahl shared a photo of Alexa’s response after her child asked the unit for a challenge.
“Here’s something I found online. According to ourcommunitynow.com: The challenge is simple: Plug a phone charger about halfway into an electrical outlet, then touch a crown to the exposed sockets,” was Alexa’s response.
Others expressed their astonishment in the comments
“It’s shocking,” one person said tweeted. “Omg it’s awful,” said another.
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Amazon said they have since fixed the bug.
“Customer trust is at the heart of everything we do, and Alexa is designed to provide accurate, relevant, and useful information to customers,” an Amazon spokesman told CNN in a statement.
“As soon as we became aware of this error, we corrected it quickly and will continue to promote our systems to help prevent similar responses in the future,” the statement said.
The trend, known as the penny challenge, emerged on social media platforms such as TikTok in 2020. However, some users have warned of the potential dangers of the challenge.
“You may have heard of the TikTok experiment that involved a cell phone charger, a coin, and an electrical outlet,” said Captain Brian Tanner, of the Provo Fire Department in Utah, in a video posted last year from the organization’s account on TikTok.
“I’m telling you these are dangerous things, do not do that,” Tanner added.
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