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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.’
Video playing bottom right…

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
+2

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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This is the week that the drone surveillance state became real

Affordable consumer technology has made surveillance cheap and commoditized AI software has made it automatic.

Those two trends merged this week, when drone manufacturer DJI partnered June 5 with Axon, the company that makes Taser weapons and police body cameras, to sell drones to local police departments around the United States. Now, not only do local police have access to drones, but footage from those flying cameras will be automatically analyzed by AI systems not disclosed to the public.

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Footage will be uploaded or streamed to Axon’s digital cloud for police cameras, like the body cameras it currently sells, where it can be analyzed by Axon’s AI and used for anything from crowd monitoring to search and rescue, the company writes on its website.

This sounds vague, but AI research published two days earlier by academics from India and the UK shows exactly how such a drone system could be used. The paper, titled “Eye in the Sky,” details how drone footage could be used to detect “violent individuals” in real-time.

To train the AI, the researchers flew a drone to snap 2,000 images of people pretending to hurt each other. But since the researchers didn’t use real data, and carefully staged the information the AI analyzed to learn the difference between violence and normal human motion, there’s no guarantee that it would work well in the real world, David Sumpter, author of Outnumbered: Exploring the Algorithms that Control Our Lives, wrote on Medium.

“What the algorithm has done is classify individuals with their hands or legs in the air as violent,” Sumpter wrote. Others, like Google ethics hawk Meredith Whittaker, tweeted that the research was flawed and that “AI is facing a mounting ethical crisis.”

Other researchers, including Google (pdf) and Facebook, have also done extensive research trying to solve the same problem of tracking how people move, and what those movements might indicate they’re doing.

But the “Eye in the Sky” researchers are trying to associate certain poses with intent. The researchers don’t discuss any false-positives for actions that could be misinterpreted as violence, such as play-fighting, knocking a fly off someone’s shoulder, or grabbing someone who’s falling.

Regardless of questions surrounding the AI’s legitimacy, The Verge reports that the researchers have gotten approval to test the technology during two festivals in India in October.

With $160 for a Parrot drone like the “Eye in the Sky” team used, and a few pennies for Amazon’s cloud AI platform, anyone with a coding background could have made a similar system. Even teens and cucumber farmers are building their own AI systems.

But the “Eye in the Sky” paper was published publicly, unlike Axon’s technology. The firm, which has acquired two AI companies and has access to petabytes of police camera footage, has no obligation to disclose how the AI was trained or whether it’s accurate or unbiased. Axon wasn’t immediately available to explain how it analyses footage captured by its cameras.

Other kinds of AI, like facial recognition, are already in use in China to surveil ethnic minorities. US authorities, like the Chicago police department are already starting to adopt AI systems for predictive policing, another pursuit rife with bad data. In Baltimore, a plane loaded with cameras was secretly deployed as a surveillance tool until 2016. But now, AI-powered surveillance systems are becoming as easy for a police department to order as a car, handcuffs, or anything else they feel they need to effectively do their jobs.

And now, drones are already getting the green light for police use, not just for surveillance but also to dispense pepper spray and tear gas.

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