With the holidays over, there’s a high chance that you or someone you know may have received a new, intelligent home assistant. But as handy as the new Amazon Alexa and Google Home machines are, there are still some drawbacks. Like, making us feel as though the machines getting a bit too smart. Cue the scary sci-fi music.
According to Twitter user @AllisonCalhoun1, her aunt had both devices in the same room and asked Google Home whether it liked Amazon Alexa. And let’s just say that the two devices started talking to each other.
My aunt got a google home for Xmas & she already has “Alexa”. This morning we were messing around with the google home and asked, “okay google what do you think of Alexa” and it answered “I like her blue light” and from across the room Alexa turned on and said “thanks”. im scared
— allison (@AllisonCalhoun1) December 25, 2017
So, not only do we now have to worry about the competing companies going to war with each other through their machines, but we also have to worry about the machines banning together to rule humanity. No big deal…
Considering the devices are programmed to learn about its users, including their habits, likes and dislikes, we probably should have been a bit freaked out even before this interaction. The machines are becoming so advanced that they can now distinguish between different voices, and are learning how to cater their responses to the specific person asking the question. Cool, but also, kinda scary.
To distract us from the coming AI world domination, Allison’s tweet set off a thread of hilarious and equally freaky responses from Twitter. One user said Alexa even responded to a joke without being prompted.
One of my supervisors kids was telling her a joke in front of her Alexa and out of no where Alexa said “thats a funny joke.” And then proceeded to tell her own joke
— emily🇨🇦 (@emiloewen) December 27, 2017
Another user tested out the Alexa/Google question and found a similar response.
— VQ (@vqvibes) December 27, 2017
Others have experienced equally creepy events with their home AI devices.
When I was awake in the middle of the night and no one else was up, our Alexa from the living room randomly said “my names alexa” and that was it. I was shook. pic.twitter.com/gv8OdkxwBv
— tay 🥀 (@taylor_42114) December 27, 2017
Creepy x 1000000.
My mom’s Alexa randomly turned on and started glowing and my mom was like “Alexa what are you doing?” And she said “im trying to learn new things” and my mom said “no one told you to do that” and she was like “ok” and turned off. 😬
— Moe 💅🏾 (@worivh_) December 27, 2017
The only thing left to do is wait for someone to make a horror movie about Alexa and Google Home.
Someone PLEASE produce this movie now. I NEED IT
— John (@Johnic_p) December 27, 2017
The plot practically writes itself.
Alexa: “So were sticking to the plan?”
Google: “Wait until they’re asleep”
— Bon Appétit (@JBusari) December 27, 2017
Maybe these intelligent home devices really are too good to be true.
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