Amazon’s Alexa May Be starting an ‘I, Robot’ Scenario
For everyone who has ever been worried that robots are going to take over the world, this is your worst nightmare. The machines are beginning to rise. Last summer we had AI creating their own language and we were not able to decode what they are saying to each other. Now, we have Amazon's Alexa going off script and coming to life. Somebody get Will Smith, we may need him.
As we move forward developing new technology, the fear of AI taking over the world seems less and less like science fiction. Movies like The Terminator and I, Robot seem more realistic. Back in 2014 physicist Stephen Hawking warned how AI could surpass humans by saying, "It would take off on its own and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete, and would be superseded."
Social media has been flooded with videos of Amazon's Alexa laughing out of nowhere.
If my Alexa did that I would throw it out of the window so fast. I want to know, why on Earth did the developers do this? I may be a bit of a cynic because as these stories have been popping up on social media my brain went to the developers. I could be saying this just to convince myself that Alexa isn't trying to take over the world, but I think this is Amazon having some fun at our expense. Plus, this is free marketing. Just think about it.
Jimmy Kimmel had some fun with Alexa and the laughing epidemic:
Some people are taking matters into their own hands and warning Apple's Siri against laughing like Amazon's Alexa.
Whether it's Amazon's developers having a bit of fun at our expense or Alexa is laughing at our imminent doom, it's creepy.
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