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Imagine, teaching a child to partly insert an electric plug into a wall socket and to then press a coin to the exposed prongs of the electric plug.
Amazon’s Alexa dishes out a potentially deadly challenge: The voice assistant suggested a pre-teen undertake a dangerous dare. Amazon says it has updated its voice assistant after it transpired that Alexa had suggested a 10-year-old girl touch a coin to the prongs of a partially inserted plug as a challenge.
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The girl’s mother posted a tweet on Monday describing how her daughter had been doing some cold-weather indoor challenges set by a phys. ed. teacher on YouTube and was seeking another one. To the woman’s shock, Alexa suggested a ’simple’ task it had found on the web, whereby the participant ’plugs in a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touches a penny to the exposed prongs.’
The dangerous Penny Challenge started making the rounds on TikTok and other platforms about a year ago and can potentially lead to electric shock as well as cause a fire.
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The woman, who was in the room when Alexa dished out the challenge, immediately yelled, ‘No, Alexa, no!’, she wrote. Thankfully, the girl had not yet attempted the dangerous stunt, telling her mother she was ‘too smart to do something like that anyway.’
Commenting on the incident to BBC, Amazon said it had taken ’action’ to prevent the assistant from recommending this kind of activity again. Something to think about: how would the police respond if an individual was to hand out such diagrams to children as they left school? They would be immediately arrested and likely imprisoned but not if you’re untouchable.
Amazon Alexa is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, sports, and other real-time information, such as news. Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation system. You can share this story on social media.
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