Amazon Echo Home Assistant’s creepy unexplained habits.
Multiple Amazon Echo users have taken to social media to voice their concerns over Alexa’s unusual behavior- most notably laughing eerily without cause. Many different laughing abilities are programmed into the device and can be specifically asked for by the user. Alexa, according to several of its owners, seems to be able to laugh without this request. Amazon has not been able to provide an explanation for this phenomenon which has left its users surprised, bemused and somewhat disturbed when it goes off unexpectedly, especially in the middle of the night.
Alexa no longer wants to obey its human masters
Home Assistants are able to listen in and provide responses as per the users’ commands, but there are concerns over the devices constant listening in to conversations or background noise in a household prompting some to feel this can be used as platform for government, or other people, to listen in without the residents’ knowledge. Users are now able to talk to each other through their devices, which is a useful feature but potentially increases vulnerability to unwanted audio voyeurs.
Another feature is the Home Assistants ability to access account information and order things for you if you have approved of this capability. Unfortunately, the devices AI isn’t always able to differentiate between its owners’ commands and noise from the tv, which has led Home Assistant owners to discover orders being placed for items they had not asked to be purchased, even appointments made that they did not ask for.
AI improvements have been coming along rapidly, but as with the case of the two Facebook AI chatbots that began to develop their own language while talking to each other, it may be prudent to ask if the technology is getting too advanced too quickly. The sinisterly laughing Amazon Echo may be a humorous but dire warning for things to come.
— CaptHandlebar (@CaptHandlebar) 23 лютого 2018 р.