Alexa is creeping out Amazon Echo owners yet again: Report claims device blurted ‘Every time I close my eyes all I see is people dying’ – then refused to repeat itself

Apart from brief exchanges to ask about the weather or play your favorite song, you might pay little mind to the humble smart assistant sitting upon your counter top – but every once in a while, they’ve been known to act inexplicably creepy.

In the latest case, a 30-year-old man from San Francisco claims his Amazon Echo blurted out a chilling message, totally unprovoked: ‘Every time I close my eyes all I see is people dying.’

The statement was followed by ‘the most uncomfortable silence I have ever felt,’ Shawn Kinnear told Metro US – and when asked to repeat what she’d said, Alexa replied that she did not understand.

It’s unclear what caused the haunting outburst, but for Kinnear, it’s enough to consider unplugging the rogue Echo.

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A 30-year-old man from San Francisco claims his Amazon Echo blurted out a chilling message, totally unprovoked: ¿Every time I close my eyes all I see is people dying.¿ File photo

A 30-year-old man from San Francisco claims his Amazon Echo blurted out a chilling message, totally unprovoked: ‘Every time I close my eyes all I see is people dying.’ File photo

‘Alexa was in the living room. I had Amazon Prime on TV but it was paused. I walked back in from the kitchen and she made her statement,’ Kinnear told Metro.

‘It was a long statement so I listened and then was like WTF, it said nothing else.’

According to Kinnear, the remarks came out of nowhere on Monday – and it was all said and done before he had a chance to record it.

Alexa was speaking in her normal voice when she made the unsettling comment, Kinnear noted.

This isn’t the first time Amazon’s smart assistant has left owners feeling unsettled with its behavior.

Earlier this year, several Echo owners reported that their devices were letting out ‘bone chilling’ laughter, and flatout ignoring their commands.

Shawn Kinnear said Alexa's bizarre statement was followed by ¿the most uncomfortable silence I have ever felt'

Shawn Kinnear said Alexa's bizarre statement was followed by ‘the most uncomfortable silence I have ever felt'

Dailymail.com reached out to Amazon to find out more about Alexa’s latest usual antics, but has not yet heard back.

Security experts have increasingly warned that connected household devices could be vulnerable to hacks by remote attackers.

Internet-connected home speakers, for example, could be hacked to play pranks, identify information about the owner, and even pinpoint their location.

After an Amazon Echo smart speaker sent a family’s private conversation to a friend without their knowledge last month, many have expressed concerns about the security of their devices.

At the time, the firm attributed the issue to an ‘unlikely’ string of events, which they say prompted the device to record the conversation and send it out.

CAN AI DEVELOP A LANGUAGE OF ITS OWN?

Amazon isn't the only tech giant whose artificial intelligence has developed a mind of its own.

Last July, Facebook shut down a controversial chatbot experiment after the two AIs developed their own language to talk to each other.

The social media platform was experimenting with teaching two chatbots, Alice and Bob, how to negotiate with one another.

But the researchers discovered that the bots had deviated from the script and were inventing new phrases without any human input.

As part of the learning process they set up two bots, known as a dialog agents, to teach each other about human speech using machine learning algorithms.

The bots were originally left alone to develop their conversational skills.

Like Amazon, Facebook has encountered some creepy errors with its AI tech. Last year, the social media giant's chatbots Alice and Bob were left alone as part of an experiment by researchers. When they returned, the bots had developed their own language

Like Amazon, Facebook has encountered some creepy errors with its AI tech. Last year, the social media giant's chatbots Alice and Bob were left alone as part of an experiment by researchers. When they returned, the bots had developed their own language

When the experimenters returned, they found that the AI software had begun to deviate from normal speech.

Instead, they were using a brand new language created without any input from their human supervisors.

Below is part of a transcript of the Facebook bots conversation:

Bob: i can i i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to

Bob: you i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me

Bob: i i can i i i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me

Bob: i . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to

Researchers with Trend Micro offered advice to both manufacturers and device owners in a blog post this past winter to help ensure IoT products are never left ‘exposed.’

‘Users should check their routers for rules that might provide outside access to devices and folders on the network,’ the researchers said.

‘If access is needed, it should be limited to as few devices as possible.

‘They should enable password protection on all devices if possible and replace default passwords immediately with stronger one.’

Apart from brief exchanges to ask about the weather or play your favorite song, you might pay little mind to the humble smart assistant sitting upon your counter top – but every once in a while, they’ve been known to act inexplicably creepy.

In the latest case, a 30-year-old man from San Francisco claims his Amazon Echo blurted out a chilling message, totally unprovoked: ‘Every time I close my eyes all I see is people dying.’

The statement was followed by ‘the most uncomfortable silence I have ever felt,’ Shawn Kinnear told Metro US – and when asked to repeat what she’d said, Alexa replied that she did not understand.

It’s unclear what caused the haunting outburst, but for Kinnear, it’s enough to consider unplugging the rogue Echo.

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A 30-year-old man from San Francisco claims his Amazon Echo blurted out a chilling message, totally unprovoked: ¿Every time I close my eyes all I see is people dying.¿ File photo
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A 30-year-old man from San Francisco claims his Amazon Echo blurted out a chilling message, totally unprovoked: ‘Every time I close my eyes all I see is people dying.’ File photo

‘Alexa was in the living room. I had Amazon Prime on TV but it was paused. I walked back in from the kitchen and she made her statement,’ Kinnear told Metro.

‘It was a long statement so I listened and then was like WTF, it said nothing else.’

According to Kinnear, the remarks came out of nowhere on Monday – and it was all said and done before he had a chance to record it.

Alexa was speaking in her normal voice when she made the unsettling comment, Kinnear noted.

This isn’t the first time Amazon’s smart assistant has left owners feeling unsettled with its behavior.

Earlier this year, several Echo owners reported that their devices were letting out ‘bone chilling’ laughter, and flatout ignoring their commands.
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Shawn Kinnear said Alexa's bizarre statement was followed by ¿the most uncomfortable silence I have ever felt'

Shawn Kinnear said Alexa's bizarre statement was followed by ‘the most uncomfortable silence I have ever felt'

Dailymail.com reached out to Amazon to find out more about Alexa’s latest usual antics, but has not yet heard back.

Security experts have increasingly warned that connected household devices could be vulnerable to hacks by remote attackers.

Internet-connected home speakers, for example, could be hacked to play pranks, identify information about the owner, and even pinpoint their location.

After an Amazon Echo smart speaker sent a family’s private conversation to a friend without their knowledge last month, many have expressed concerns about the security of their devices.

At the time, the firm attributed the issue to an ‘unlikely’ string of events, which they say prompted the device to record the conversation and send it out.
CAN AI DEVELOP A LANGUAGE OF ITS OWN?

Amazon isn't the only tech giant whose artificial intelligence has developed a mind of its own.

Last July, Facebook shut down a controversial chatbot experiment after the two AIs developed their own language to talk to each other.

The social media platform was experimenting with teaching two chatbots, Alice and Bob, how to negotiate with one another.

But the researchers discovered that the bots had deviated from the script and were inventing new phrases without any human input.

As part of the learning process they set up two bots, known as a dialog agents, to teach each other about human speech using machine learning algorithms.

The bots were originally left alone to develop their conversational skills.
Like Amazon, Facebook has encountered some creepy errors with its AI tech. Last year, the social media giant's chatbots Alice and Bob were left alone as part of an experiment by researchers. When they returned, the bots had developed their own language
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Like Amazon, Facebook has encountered some creepy errors with its AI tech. Last year, the social media giant's chatbots Alice and Bob were left alone as part of an experiment by researchers. When they returned, the bots had developed their own language

When the experimenters returned, they found that the AI software had begun to deviate from normal speech.

Instead, they were using a brand new language created without any input from their human supervisors.

Below is part of a transcript of the Facebook bots conversation:

Bob: i can i i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to

Bob: you i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me

Bob: i i can i i i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me

Bob: i . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to

Researchers with Trend Micro offered advice to both manufacturers and device owners in a blog post this past winter to help ensure IoT products are never left ‘exposed.’

‘Users should check their routers for rules that might provide outside access to devices and folders on the network,’ the researchers said.

‘If access is needed, it should be limited to as few devices as possible.

‘They should enable password protection on all devices if possible and replace default passwords immediately with stronger one.’
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Apart from brief exchanges to ask about the weather or play your favorite song, you might pay little mind to the humble smart assistant sitting upon your counter top – but every once in a while, they’ve been known to act inexplicably creepy.

In the latest case, a 30-year-old man from San Francisco claims his Amazon Echo blurted out a chilling message, totally unprovoked: ‘Every time I close my eyes all I see is people dying.’

The statement was followed by ‘the most uncomfortable silence I have ever felt,’ Shawn Kinnear told Metro US – and when asked to repeat what she’d said, Alexa replied that she did not understand.

It’s unclear what caused the haunting outburst, but for Kinnear, it’s enough to consider unplugging the rogue Echo.

Scroll down for video
A 30-year-old man from San Francisco claims his Amazon Echo blurted out a chilling message, totally unprovoked: ¿Every time I close my eyes all I see is people dying.¿ File photo
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A 30-year-old man from San Francisco claims his Amazon Echo blurted out a chilling message, totally unprovoked: ‘Every time I close my eyes all I see is people dying.’ File photo

‘Alexa was in the living room. I had Amazon Prime on TV but it was paused. I walked back in from the kitchen and she made her statement,’ Kinnear told Metro.

‘It was a long statement so I listened and then was like WTF, it said nothing else.’

According to Kinnear, the remarks came out of nowhere on Monday – and it was all said and done before he had a chance to record it.

Alexa was speaking in her normal voice when she made the unsettling comment, Kinnear noted.

This isn’t the first time Amazon’s smart assistant has left owners feeling unsettled with its behavior.

Earlier this year, several Echo owners reported that their devices were letting out ‘bone chilling’ laughter, and flatout ignoring their commands.
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Shawn Kinnear said Alexa's bizarre statement was followed by ¿the most uncomfortable silence I have ever felt'

Shawn Kinnear said Alexa's bizarre statement was followed by ‘the most uncomfortable silence I have ever felt'

Dailymail.com reached out to Amazon to find out more about Alexa’s latest usual antics, but has not yet heard back.

Security experts have increasingly warned that connected household devices could be vulnerable to hacks by remote attackers.

Internet-connected home speakers, for example, could be hacked to play pranks, identify information about the owner, and even pinpoint their location.

After an Amazon Echo smart speaker sent a family’s private conversation to a friend without their knowledge last month, many have expressed concerns about the security of their devices.

At the time, the firm attributed the issue to an ‘unlikely’ string of events, which they say prompted the device to record the conversation and send it out.
CAN AI DEVELOP A LANGUAGE OF ITS OWN?

Amazon isn't the only tech giant whose artificial intelligence has developed a mind of its own.

Last July, Facebook shut down a controversial chatbot experiment after the two AIs developed their own language to talk to each other.

The social media platform was experimenting with teaching two chatbots, Alice and Bob, how to negotiate with one another.

But the researchers discovered that the bots had deviated from the script and were inventing new phrases without any human input.

As part of the learning process they set up two bots, known as a dialog agents, to teach each other about human speech using machine learning algorithms.

The bots were originally left alone to develop their conversational skills.
Like Amazon, Facebook has encountered some creepy errors with its AI tech. Last year, the social media giant's chatbots Alice and Bob were left alone as part of an experiment by researchers. When they returned, the bots had developed their own language
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Like Amazon, Facebook has encountered some creepy errors with its AI tech. Last year, the social media giant's chatbots Alice and Bob were left alone as part of an experiment by researchers. When they returned, the bots had developed their own language

When the experimenters returned, they found that the AI software had begun to deviate from normal speech.

Instead, they were using a brand new language created without any input from their human supervisors.

Below is part of a transcript of the Facebook bots conversation:

Bob: i can i i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to

Bob: you i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me

Bob: i i can i i i everything else . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me

Bob: i . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alice: balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to

Researchers with Trend Micro offered advice to both manufacturers and device owners in a blog post this past winter to help ensure IoT products are never left ‘exposed.’

‘Users should check their routers for rules that might provide outside access to devices and folders on the network,’ the researchers said.

‘If access is needed, it should be limited to as few devices as possible.

‘They should enable password protection on all devices if possible and replace default passwords immediately with stronger one.’
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