Amazon Alexa, the dangerous challenge that could kill a 10-year-old girl

Amazon Alexa, the dangerous challenge that could kill a 10-year-old girl

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The story that saw the protagonist Alexa, the smart speaker of Amazon, and a 10-year-old girl originally from the United Kingdom, who a few days ago felt proposed a very dangerous and potentially lethal challenge could have ended in tragedy, if circumstances had been different.

"We were facing some physical challenges, such as lying down and rolling around with a small glass on one foot, as shown by a physical education teacher on YouTube," said the girl's mother Kristin Livdahl. "He just wanted to make another challenge," she continues. At that point, the little girl had the idea of ​​asking Alexa for a suggestion.

In response, the virtual assistant recommended one of the most dangerous challenges ever circulated on the web and in particular on TikTok in this years. In formulating the suggestion, Alexa drew on an article that reviewed the very worst challenges that have become trending on the vlogging platform in the last period: the challenge is to partially insert a charger into a socket and put in contact a one cent coin with the two connectors exposed (hence the name “penny challenge“).

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In the face of what happened, Amazon took steps to update the software by eliminating that suggestion. These are the words of one of the spokespersons: “Customer trust is at the heart of everything we do and Alexa is designed to provide accurate, relevant and useful information to customers. As soon as we became aware of this error, we acted quickly to fix it. ”

OMFG My 10 year old just asked Alexa on our Echo for a challenge and this is what she said.

- Kristin Livdahl (@klivdahl) December 26, 2021

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