Alexa tells child to electrocute herself for a challenge
Published in IoT


It may sound shocking but who hasn't wanted to do that?

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant recommended to a 10 year-old that she electrocute herself as part of a “challenge”.

Alexa why am I so bored with you?
Published in AI
Friday, 24 December 2021 11:22

Alexa why am I so bored with you?


Most users only want a brief encounter

Amazon’s AI Alexa seems doomed to never have a proper relationship.

No one calls their kid Alexa any more
Published in IoT
Thursday, 19 August 2021 13:19

No one calls their kid Alexa any more


Amazon killed off the name

Alexa used to be a name primarily given to babies and in the seven years since Amazon released Alexa, its voice assistant and as the number of devices answering to that name has skyrocketed, something has happed.

Amazon makes Alexa more proactive
Published in AI
Wednesday, 27 January 2021 11:28

Amazon makes Alexa more proactive


Can put your lights out

Amazon is enabling a new feature today that allows Alexa to proactively complete tasks around the house, such as turning off lights, based on your habits and frequent requests.

Turing test is out of date
Published in AI
Thursday, 31 December 2020 09:55

Turing test is out of date


According to Alexa boss

Alexa's Head boffin Rohit Prasad  claims that the Turing Test is out of date and ignores many new AI developments.

Hey Alexa, sit on my face
Published in IoT
Friday, 20 November 2020 12:25

Hey Alexa, sit on my face


Advice on the move

Amazon’s Alexa-enabled Echo Frames smart glasses are available for preorder for $250.

Alexa, can you send all your recordings to hackers?
Published in News


Check Point makes charlies out of Amazon security

Israeli Security outfit Check Point have told Wired that Alexa's Web services had bugs that a hacker could have exploited to grab a target's entire voice history, meaning their recorded audio interactions with Alexa.

Homes to get smarter and smarter
Published in AI
Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:30

Homes to get smarter and smarter


People talking to robots not people

Sales of devices that talk to you, switch off your lights, lock your door and regulate how hot and cold you get will show increased growth between now and 2023.

Parents too embarrassed to call their kids Alexa
Published in IoT


Blame Amazon

The number of parents in Britain calling their baby girls Alexa dropped by more than half last year possibly due to the link with Amazon Echo voice-controlled IoT gadgets.

Amazon admits keeping Alexa recordings forever
Published in IoT

 

And flogging the contents to advertisers

A US senator who asked how long Amazon kept voice recordings and transcripts was a little surprised at the result.