Print Edition - 2018-03-09  |  Money Digest

Amazon to quiet Alexa’s cackling


Mar 9, 2018-Amazon on Wednesday promised to keep virtual assistant Alexa from spontaneously cackling, giving people eerie feelings about what the artificial intelligence might be plotting. Users of smart speakers with Alexa assistant software have comically expressed their fears in recent weeks on Twitter, even posting video snippets of speakers infused with the software laughing menacingly for no apparent reason. “If Alexa is laughing at you to your face, just imagine what it says about you behind your back,” read a quip posted at Twitter by @mattblaze. Darker posts wondered playfully whether fears about artificial intelligence turning on humans were coming real. “Every time Alexa laughs, an angel dies,” entrepreneur and innovator Elon Musk joked in a Twitter exchange on the development. 

Published: 09-03-2018 09:14

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