Did Amazon’s Alexa Order Unwanted Dollhouses for a Little Girl and TV Viewers?
Claim: Amazon’s Alexa ordered an expensive dollhouse after a child asked the device to play with her, and a news report on the incident triggered several dozen more unwanted orders.
Origin:In early 2017 several news outlets reported on a story that owners of Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant device owners were “left out of pocket” after a 6-year-old girl named Brooke Neitzel inadvertently triggered one into placing an order for an expensive dollhouse, and a news report on the incident triggered a plague of automated, unwanted dollhouse ordering:
[In January 2017] it was reported that an Amazon Echo in Dallas, Texas, had ordered a $170 dollhouse after six-year-old Brooke Neitzel asked: ‘Can you play dollhouse with me and get me a dollhouse?’
Although the little girl apparently meant it as a rhetorical question the device saw it as a command and ordered a…