Report: Amazon Echo’s Alexa Listens to Every Word, Overhears TV and Orders Stuff People Don’t Want, Some Families Whispering Around “Her” Now

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We are living in such a bizarre Orwellian world.

This Christmas, Amazon raked in the lion’s share of all online sales, blowing away real-world competition by leaps and bounds. And the company’s number one bestseller? The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot.

There’s a reason Bilderberg Group attendee Jeff Bezos’ cute little voice-activated gizmos have been priced so extremely cheaply… to get them into as many houses as possible as quickly as possible. No one has been able to explain to me how these aren’t creepy big brother spy devices to get sheeple (who have been conveniently programmed by watching years of Jetsons cartoons as a kid to think anything futuristic is cool with no potential drawbacks) on the smart grid Internet of Things… no matter how obvious the Orwellian nightmare warning signs are.

Recently it came out that police can retrieve the voice data from anyone’s Echo. And if people honestly believe that thing is only recording voice commands and not every ambient conversation or even sound happening within range, then I’m going to have to go get a thesaurus because the words gullible and naïve just simply aren’t going to cut it here.

Now it has come out that Alexa, the Amazon voice assistant that “lives” inside the Echo, is ordering stuff people didn’t even want.

Recently six-year-old Dallas resident Brooke Neitzel asked Alexa the super vague, “Can you play dollhouse with me and get me a dollhouse?” so Alexa didn’t just order the Neitzel’s a dollhouse, it ordered them a $170 KidKraft Sparkle mansion dollhouse, along with four pounds of sugar cookies (which the kid also admittedly “talked to Alexa” about). Alexa apparently has expensive taste, go figure.

The Huffington Post cheerfully reported that Brooke’s family is now “whispering more around Alexa”.

Great. So they paid to place a low-level AI in their house that they are now forced to whisper around? No, that doesn’t sound creepy at all.

But also, why would they honestly think whispering will cut it?

That’s not all, however; no, that’s not even the most alarming part.

When a local San Diego station did a news report on this and the station’s anchor said the phrase “I love the little girl, saying ‘Alexa ordered me a dollhouse,’” on air, it triggered San Diego viewers’ Amazon Echoes to buy them dollhouses too… apparently without the Echo owner personally saying a word. People were calling up the station to complain about it.

And don’t even get me started on what Alexa attempts to order if an innocent toddler asks it to “play tickle tickle”

Welcome to the future. If things are already this screwed up, I think I’ll take a pass on those flying cars, thanks.

Piper writes for The Daily Sheeple. There’s a lot of B.S. out there. Someone has to write about it.

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  • Truth Teller

    Amazon is lying to you. It IS a spy. It is data mining on steroids.

  • Grady Richardson

    There is a lot of BS out there – this article is more of it. Alexa will not place an order without clear confirmation. Perhaps instead of reporting rumor and gossip as fact, you might try checking it out first. Get ahold of an Echo and say “buy me a dollhouse” and see what happens.

    Since you’re obviously too lazy or incompetent to do that, let me tell you what happens. You are read a description of a dollhouse, given the price, and then asked “Do you want to buy it?” Unless you say yeas, no order is placed.

  • Some Guy

    The Echo is sending only voice commands back to Amazon. You don’t have to trust me, you can verify it yourself. It relies on a wifi connection. All you have to do is log into your router to see when it’s sending data and how much. The Echo hardware constantly listens for the activation word no matter who says it. The reason that the Echo is so cheap is that it makes it more convenient to order from Amazon (like the Dash buttons), and pushes subscriptions to Prime and their unlimited music service. You can even disable voice ordering entirely, or at least require a PIN.

  • VirgoVince

    Betcha there’s NO on-off switch (that works)!!

  • lloyd Lisco

    Why bring a spy into your home?

    • Jonas

      Because people are really, REALLY stupid.