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Amazon Echo owners need to try this terrifying, topical new trick

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Written by Kamil Arli

Tech Columnist AARON BROWN published an article on the Amazon Echo. 

A terrifying new video of a woman asking her Amazon Echo smart speaker if it is connected to the CIA has freaked-out viewers across the globe.

THE SHORT VIDEO WHICH HAS BEEN WIDELY SHARED ACROSS SOCIAL NEWS SITE REDDIT

The short video, which has been widely shared across social news site Reddit, racked-up more than half a million views in less than 24 hours.

The viral video shows a woman asking her Amazon Echo whether the cloud-based virtual assistant that powers the speaker – dubbed Alexa – a series of questions.

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ALEXA, WOULD YOU LIE TO ME?

“Alexa, would you lie to me?” she asks the 360-degree omni-directional speaker.

“I always try to tell the truth. I’m not always right but I would never intentionally lie to you or anyone else,” the virtual assistant replies.

The woman continues: “Alexa, what is the CIA?”

After a short pause, Alex says: “The United States Central Intelligence Agency. CIA.”

“Alexa, are you connected to the CIA?” the woman asks.

However rather than reply – this time, the small gadget switches itself off and seemingly pretends not to have heard.

The terrifying video shows the woman ask again, only to get the same response.

Viewers have been a little spooked by the suspicious lack of response from the habitually talkative Alexa.

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“Where do we stand on torture of electronics. Cause it might be time for a little office space,” one viewer posted.

FEELS LIKE A I COULD TELL YOU BUT THEN I WOULD HAVE TO MURDER YOU SITUATION

Another added: “Feels like a ‘I could tell you but then I’d have to murder you’ situation.”

Another viewer had a much simpler explanation for the smart speaker’s unusual behaviour.

The comment reads: “I think what’s happening here is that when she asks ‘Are you connected to “The CIA”?’ Alexa (Amazon Echo) is interpreting that as an attempt to get her to connect to a device labeled ‘The CIA’ which she is failing to find.”

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A spokesperson for Amazon told Express.co.uk: “This was a technical glitch which we have fixed.

“Alexa’s response to this question is: ‘Are you connected to the CIA? No, I work for Amazon’

The news comes as Amazon incorporated Outlook support into the clever speaker.

Outlook.com can now set Outlook.com as their default calendar for Alexa and all Alexa-enabled devices. This includes accounts with email addresses ending in @outlook.com, @hotmail.com, @live.com.

These users are now able to link a web-based Outlook.com calendar in the Alexa app, then check or add upcoming events by voice.

For example, you can ask “Alexa, add ‘dinner with Katie’ to my calendar”, “Alexa, am I free tomorrow night?”, or “Alexa, what’s on my calendar today?”.

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Kamil Arli

Editor of DigitalReview.co. Digital Media Consultant

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