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Alexa tells girl to touch live plug with penny, Amazon fixes bug

San Francisco, December 29

Tech large Amazon has up to date its Alexa voice assistant after it “challenged” a 10-year-old lady to the touch a coin to the prongs of a half-inserted plug.

In keeping with the BBC, the suggestion got here after the lady requested Alexa for a “problem to do”.

“Plug in a cellphone charger about midway right into a wall outlet, then contact a penny to the uncovered prongs,” the good speaker mentioned.

Amazon mentioned it mounted the error as quickly as the corporate grew to become conscious of it.

The lady’s mom, Kristin Livdahl, described the incident on Twitter.

“We have been doing a little bodily challenges, like laying down and rolling over holding a shoe in your foot, from a (bodily schooling) instructor on YouTube earlier. Unhealthy climate outdoors. She simply needed one other one,” she mentioned.

That’s when the Echo speaker recommended partaking within the problem that it had “discovered on the internet”, the report mentioned.

The damaging exercise, often called “the penny problem”, started circulating on TikTok and different social media web sites a few yr in the past.

Metals conduct electrical energy and inserting them into stay electrical sockets could cause electrical shocks, fires and different harm.

Amazon instructed the BBC in an announcement that it had up to date Alexa to stop the assistant recommending such exercise sooner or later.

“As quickly as we grew to become conscious of this error, we took swift motion to repair it,” the corporate was quoted as saying. —IANS

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