Kids Figure Out How to Use Alexa to Order Toys and a Tesla

Mish

Parents, beware the Alexa trap.

Parents are learning the hard way to protect their Amazon accounts from kids.

Please consider Move Over, Santa! Kids Are Asking Alexa to Bring Them Presents.

Zibby Owens was in therapy a few months ago when her phone started buzzing with notifications. They were texts from Amazon confirming that several “Paw Patrol” toys were en route to her house. “It was one after another,” said Ms. Owens, a New York-based podcast host.

She said she had allowed her son, then 4, to use her iPad while she was getting ready that morning. It had an Amazon.com shopping app on it. Her little boy figured out how to touch the microphone icon in the search bar in the Amazon app and say “Paw Patrol.” Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, obeyed, bringing up numerous toys from the popular children’s show. The little boy managed to add more than a dozen items to the cart and tap “buy.”

Paw Patrol and a Tesla

I Wanted a Tesla, Not Pants

The stories are a riot.

One set of parents was wondering why the other ordered Tesla pants when their 5-year old son walked in and said “That’s not what I ordered. I wanted a Tesla.

My Question to Alexa

"Alexa, how many kids are ordering toys for themselves through you?"

Alexa did not know.

I then asked her who will be in the next Democratic debate. I expected Alexa to know that but she said "Sorry, I don't know that."

Undaunted, I asked "Alexa, how many times have people asked to marry you?"

She replied "I found an article on that. 9 times people asked to marry me."

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (17)
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magoomba
magoomba

Now that is really deep!
My kids want land. Have fun!

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Amazon is all about rise of the machines. Bezos looks like Dr. Evil. Years ago my niece found out how to order via the Amazon app at the age of 8 or 9. Online ordering has separated the concept of paying money for stuff and just having it show up at your door. Much of American debt addiction can be traced to the internet and mobile smartphones.

numike
numike

"What do you think Linda" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTWTjRiXDEI

Wxtwxtr
Wxtwxtr

What the heck? Why do YOU have Alexa?

Bam_Man
Bam_Man

The kids should be ordering Gold - not worthless Chinese junk.

mkestrel
mkestrel

I find it amazingly stupid that anyone would bring these eavesdropping devices into their home and it is a sign of peak laziness on the part of the adults.

Greggg
Greggg

Anybody bring an Alexa to me and I'l finish it off with the claw end of a hammer. "Alexa, I feel great, how 'bout you"?

Homer10
Homer10

Consumer debit. It's new form of equal opportunity enslaver. Yes, credit cards, and general consumer debit is the new form of slavery. And you all willingly sign up for it. Then one day, you wake up and realize most of your pay check is going to pay off the slavers.

Herkie
Herkie

I once asked her something about Trump and added an epithet to his name, she condemned me with a single word; LANGUAGE.

At first that might sound innocent enough, but think about it, when computers take on the role of making moral decisions FOR us and then repremanding you, even if it just starts out as a sort of scolding tone.

I sy yet another slippery slope. When will the computer police be reporting you for what you say in the privacy of your own home? When will they take it upon themselves to punish you for infractions they have decided need to be addressed?

Christian dk
Christian dk

Not many people have seen 2001 a space odessy where ...HAL takes over, and refuses to obey...Arthur C Clarke saw that coming, among other things...


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