This Man's Amazon Alexa Is Extremely Creepy And It Needs To Be Killed With Fire

James Felton 21 Jun 2018, 14:51

Amazon's Alexa has come out with some pretty weird things since its release three years ago, but now it's gone too far and needs to be killed with fire.

Over the last year, it has freaked out some users by bursting into creepy demonic laughter with no warning whatsoever.

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Then it did this, but we still didn't think it was time to destroy Alexa. It was just a glitch.

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And when asked about chemtrails, Alexa told users:

"Chemtrails. Trails left by aircraft are actually chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed at high altitudes for a purpose undisclosed to the general public in clandestine programs directed by government officials."

But we thought Alexa's response just needed a bit tweaking.

However, this latest Alexa faux pas clearly means it needs to be smashed to smithereens and fired into the heart of the Sun.

Shawn Kinnear, from San Francisco, told Metro US he felt "disturbed" after he walked back from his kitchen into his lounge only to hear Alexa say:

"Every time I close my eyes all I see is people dying."

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After an awkward silence, which should have been taken up by smashing Alexa to pieces with a shovel, Mr Kinnear said he asked Alexa to repeat herself. She denied all knowledge of the sentence, telling him that she did not understand his request.

Before you shovel your own Amazon Alexa to pieces, we should say that this probably won't happen to you.

"While it all sounds a touch Lovecraftian, rest assured it'll turn out to be a perfectly humdrum glitch," security expert Chris Boyd of Malwarebytes told IFLScience.

"Alexa has had issues in the past, and if one of its core features has triggered in the background accidentally, it could lead to all sorts of shenanigans. For all we know, his Alexa recorded some audio from the TV and decided to play it back at the worst possible moment."

We're not sure whether this makes us feel better though, or whether it just means he should smash the TV to pieces as well, just to be sure. However, Boyd insists you should be more worried about other Internet-connected devices.

"I'd be more concerned about people leaving toasters connected to the internet than a Shoggoth lurking in the hardware. I'm not even sure they can type with those tentacles."

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