Alexa is always listening. The voice-activated "personal assistant" available through smart devices like the Amazon Echo never really goes "off." This can cause some problems, as these people have discovered.
Amazon Echo is undoubtedly cool, and only getting cooler.
We’re living in a futuristic world à la The Jetsons. But keeping a robot in the house comes with some potential problems — either of the robot’s own doing — or with the help of people trying to be funny. Read on for the funniest Alexa-gone-wrong stories.
Meet Buddy, the parrot who placed an an Amazon order.
A smart device that’s always listening and is connected instantly to your Amazon account — what could possibly go wrong? Oh, right. So many things. This pet parrot ordered some fancy gold gift boxes.
Then there was that time when a girl ordered a dollhouse...
A 6-year-old girl in Dallas asked her family’s Echo device, “Can you play dollhouse with me and get me a dollhouse?” And then Alexa did get her a dollhouse —a $250 one — and, inexplicably, four pounds of sugar cookies. A local morning show picked up the story, and in retelling it they said the phrase, “Alexa ordered me a dollhouse,” which in turn activated viewers’ Echo devices to add dollhouses to their shopping lists. It’s a regular dollhouse racket!
Our TVs don't just place orders. They can turn on music too.
Apparently, an ad for the Echo triggered Echoes everywhere to cue Christmas music. You can’t make this stuff up.
Alexa isn't perfect at understanding our needs and wants. Or words.
Shoot, I’m out of shampoo and sled dogs. Better get some ordered (with Prime shipping)!
Read on for more misunderstandings, mishaps, and even a little bit of sabotage.