After Alexa challenged a 10-year-old American girl to put a coin to the pins of a cell phone charger in the socket, Amazon made an update to the virtual assistant.
According to the girl’s mother’s report, the artificial intelligence software suggested that her daughter perform the coin challenge, which consists of touching a coin to the pins of a charger connected to the socket. The “joke” can cause shock and other serious health consequences.
A tweet by Kristin Livdahl went viral. Last Sunday (26), Livdahl told the alarming story. When asking for a challenge, her 10-year-old daughter would have heard the following instructions from Alexa:
“Here’s something I found on the web. According to ourcommunitynow.com: The challenge is simple. Plug a phone charger halfway into a wall socket, then touch a coin to the exposed pins.”
The challenge in question had spread to social media — with an emphasis on TikTok — for about a year. At the time, several specialists mobilized to warn children and their families how risky the game is. In addition to the risk of fire, the action could cause permanent damage to health, including loss of fingers, hand or arm.
Despite the suggestion, Livdahl says her daughter didn’t quite rise to the challenge.
“I was there when it happened and we had another good conversation about not trusting anything from the internet or Alexa.”
Amazon said it has fixed the problem.
In a press release, Amazon said it was aware of the issue and had already resolved the issue with a software fix.
“Customer trust is at the heart of everything we do and Alexa is designed to provide customers with accurate, relevant and useful information. happen again.”