How Amazon Echo is going on a spending spree without owners' knowledge

Delia Watkins
January 10, 2017

So this is how Amazon has somehow captured the new virtual assistant AI market because Alexa is created to be flexible with an AI that can be retrofitted as seen fit. Presto: A $170 KidKraft Sparkle mansion dollhouse was delivered to Brooke's Dallas home, along with four pounds of sugar cookies. But the machine-learning algorithms get better the more they are used, and they're certainly top-notch when it comes to interpreting orders to buy stuff from Amazon.

Select appropriate settings (such as disabling voice purchases or enabling the confirmation code). They have donated the dollhouse a local children's hospital. "Personally, I've seen one other email and have been told there were others, as well as calls to our news desk with similar stories". First with the American company Ford and then with the German auto giant Volkswagen.As part of their connected car efforts, Volkswagen has announced Alexa integration for their cars, providing their vehicles with weather updates, navigation and more. Patton's words triggered Amazon Echo devices across San Diego, causing numerous orders for dollhouses on Amazon. It's not clear if any of those purchases actually went through. In a news broadcast highlighting the quirky story, San Diego news anchor Jim Patton said that he found the entire ordeal endearing.

While no one has apologized for this screw-up, I'm guessing TV stations will be a little more cautious about showing clips of people ordering through Alexa devices on the air from now on. Amazon told XETV that shopping settings can be managed via the Alexa app, and that any accidental orders can be returned for free.

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Some of these tasks include ordering Dominos, an Uber, getting medical feedback, playing music from Spotify, controlling smart-lights, smart-thermostats, and August smart-locks. It would naturally include Cortana, but also other components of Microsoft's ecosystem, namely the Microsoft Office, the Azure cloud, LinkedIn, which the company has bought for $26.2 billion and the dashboards of cars as well. "It'll mute all the microphones on the device", said Gangwer.

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