Alexa is pretty reliable if you're asking it to turn the music up, or you're a toddler trying to order a $160 KidKraft Sparkle Mansion dollhouse through Amazon.
It's also great for quickly finding out stuff such as "what is the weather like today?" or "who starred in the film Shrek and its excellent sequel Shrek 2?". The device can tell you all kinds of cool things, without ever having to look at a screen.
However, it turns out that Alexa might not be the best source of information if you want to learn about chemtrails. If you ask Alexa about "chemtrails", it appears it will go full Alexa Jones on you, and give you a tin-foil hat conspiracy theory that takes you to the very heart of government.
Several people have tried asking Alexa "what are chemtrails?" and received the same, bizarre response.
Plane engines get hot. Much hotter than the atmosphere outside the plane, in fact. So when the exhaust leaves the plane, the water vapor freezes mid-air, causing a trail of ice behind the plane known as "contrails".
That's the real answer to what "chemtrails" are, but conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones and Chuck Norris aren't convinced. And neither, it appears, is Alexa.
When asked, the Amazon Echo Dot Alexa informed several 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."
Yep, that's right, it's that darn government again, firing chemicals into the sky for unknown purposes. Thanks, Alexa, please order me some tinned goods for my bunker.
Since the flaw in the Echo Dot's reasoning was found, Amazon have updated the response. The device will now explain to you what contrails are, rather than give you a conspiracy theory response that will send you down a rabbit hole that leads you to believe the Deep State are hiding the truth about the Earth being flat.
Let's hope that conspiracy theorists listen to their devices. Late last year a study found that a lot of Americans believe the conspiracy theory over the facts.