Technology: Alexa Listens In

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.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/may/24/amazon-alexa-recorded-conversation

Oh, Alexa.

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.

6 thoughts on “Technology: Alexa Listens In

  1. I don’t need Alexa either! And it seems Amazon is continually apologizing for some breech of our privacy, from Zuckerberg on down. Hard to trust them anymore.

  2. for Phyllis: Amazon is Bezos — Zuckerberg is Facebook. But yes, both have privacy issues. I’m not getting Alexa, and I’m not on Facebook either. 🙂

  3. I had an Echo Dot. But I unplugged it and put it away a few months ago when I started reading about this recording stuff.

  4. Oops – how could I screw up on that? But both companies + Google know far too much about us. What do your children say?

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