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Echo sent out "witch laughter" to scare users, and Amazon's response evaded privacy and security worries.

via:博客园     time:2018/3/10 15:11:28     readed:695


Amazon's intelligent assistant, Alexa, got out of control.

Recently, many users have sent some videos about Amazon Echo smart speakers on Twitter, and its built-in voice assistant Alexa has made a grim laugh. Internet users are happy to see these videos, but the response from some of the video's users really frightens Alexa.

After the video caused a lot of users to forward, Amazon then made a statement about this phenomenon in a public statement, and indicated that they were working hard to solve this problem.

Amazon also said that after the fix, when users asked Echo to laugh again, it would stop laughing and respond to the question:

Amazon did not explain in detail the cause of the Alexa failure, and it stressed that this was due to

What's more, judging from what some users are saying, it's hard to say it's all caused by a misfiring. One user's experience suggests that Alexa made its own noise.


And the first Twitter to laugh about Echo dates back to February 22nd, when Twitter user @ cap handle bar released a short film saying,


Another user, on twitter, said that when he spoke to his sister, he heard Alexa laughing. After he stopped talking, he began searching online for what had just happened, but he didn't find anything. He also made Alexa repeat the last voice it had ever heard (laughter).

The incident has once again exacerbated concerns about the privacy and security of the smart box, but Amazon's response has not been mentioned.

Previously, a report was released by Consumer Watchdog, an American consumer protection organization. By analyzing the patent application reports of the two giants, we found that intelligent speakers like Amazon and Google are likely to be used as a monitoring device to collect a lot of information and advertising.

Amazon Echo, the best-selling smart speaker on the market, can control other home hardware via voice, play music or control lighting switches. In general, smart voice devices can only be heard

At the technical level, Amazon has filed a patent application for algorithms that allows future smart voice devices to recognize statements of interest. For example, when users say

But an Amazon spokesman said,

It is worth mentioning that last year, Amazon Echo speakers boarded the headline news. At that time, the US police were investigating a murder case, and they tried to tune the device's recording. To some extent, it also showed that smart speakers may not be safe.

Nevertheless, users are worried about privacy issues, while smart speakers like Amzon echo, Google Home and other smart speakers are widely popular in the US. Numbers are the most direct evidence.

On Tuesday, Gallup, the latest research report from investigative agency, showed that 47% of Americans used digital assistants on their smartphones, while 22% of them were using devices like Amazon Echo.

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