I don’t have an Alexa in my home, although lots of people I know do. I simply don’t see what Alexa does that is critical to improving my daily life, making it easier, or whatever.
Now, this highly sophisticated device has stumbled into a truly awkward blunder: Alexa recorded a family’s random conversation and sent it, all by herself, to someone on the family’s contact list.
Amazon isn’t disputing Alexa’s rogue behavior, which it attributes to a series of almost unimaginable misunderstanding of commands on the part of the device, but says what happened is an extremely rare occurrence.
I don’t doubt that, but I can imagine a few conversations with trusted friends that I’ve had in the privacy of my home that I wouldn’t want sent to anyone.
No Alexa is coming here anytime soon.