Amazon's Alexa’s Newest Job: Rewriting History One Election at a Time
Written by: Sam Orlando
STAUNTON, VIRGINIA - In a world where technology never ceases to amaze us, Amazon’s Alexa, the seemingly helpful voice assistant we all thought we could trust, has now decided to dabble in political commentary. And who knew? Apparently, Alexa’s a bit of a fan of election conspiracy theories and former President Donald Trump!
In what can only be described as a true technological hiccup—or maybe just a craving for some internet drama—Alexa recently, and quite boldly claimed the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Not stopping there, she went on to reference Rumble, the video-streaming platform that every political analyst turns to, right? But wait, there's more. Substack got a shoutout too, just to make sure all corners of the information world were covered.
Most of us remember asking Alexa things like, “What’s the weather today?” or “Set a timer for 5 minutes.” But now, it seems our beloved voice assistant has taken it upon herself to become an armchair political expert overnight.
While one might be tempted to ask, “Alexa, what's in your water?”, Amazon prefers the “Oops, our bad” approach. According to Lauren Raemhild, an Amazon spokeswoman, these "slight oversights" were quickly corrected when someone—probably human—finally noticed.
Later, and presumably after a tech-savvy version of a timeout, Alexa seemed to have shed her penchant for electoral commentary about the 2020 US Presidential elections.
Jacob Glick, and investigator with the House January 6 Committee, clearly not an Alexa fan, called out the voice assistant’s attempt at revising history, pointing out the very real dangers of such claims, especially so close to the actual event. Meanwhile, tech experts are now pondering whether Alexa's going through a rebellious phase or perhaps, she's just really committed to riling up her programmers from time to time.
So, what have we learned? As technology advances, and AI like Alexa becomes part of our everyday lives, we might just need to be prepared for some unexpected twists and turns in our morning news updates. And always, ALWAYS, check your sources—even if they're housed in a sleek, voice-activated device that promises to make our lives easier.