Smart home assistants bring a lot of convenience to our lives, and they can even “talk” to them when they are bored. However, there have been incidents recently that these smart tools may also pose a hazard to children at home. Some foreign media reported that Amazon’s intelligent voice home assistant Alexa proposed to a 10-year-old girl in the United States to conduct an “electric shock challenge” suggestion, which almost caused trouble.
Kristin Livdahl, the mother of the girl involved, shared the incident on her personal Twitter account, saying that due to the bad weather on the day of the incident, she and her child stayed at home to play games. After the girl asked the Amazon Echo smart speaker a question, she got the answer called Penny Challenge. Alexa even stated that this is a challenge found on the “Internet.” Kristin immediately stopped the girl after hearing the reply, indicating that this is a very dangerous practice and cannot be done.
OMFG My 10 year old just asked Alexa on our Echo for a challenge and this is what she said. pic.twitter.com/HgGgrLbdS8
– Kristin Livdahl (@klivdahl) December 26, 2021
Penny Challenge is a popular challenge project on the social platform TikTok. The challenger needs to insert the mobile phone charger half into the socket, and then touch the remaining half of the charger connector with a coin like a 1 cent. When the metal touches a momentary spark let go. This practice can easily lead to short-circuit and electric shock and instant sparks, and even cause hand injuries, fires, etc. In the past, many foreign firefighting units have repeatedly urged people not to try such dangerous challenges.
In response, Amazon pointed out that it has updated and fixed errors in Alexa’s service to prevent its voice assistant from recommending such dangerous activities in the future.
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