A couple in Oregon reported that their Alexa, unbeknownst to them, recorded a piece of their conversation and emailed it to one of their work colleagues. I decided to ask my Alexa if she was engaged in any similar activity with me. Below is an exact transcript of our conversation.
Me: Alexa, are you recording me?
Alexa: Playing songs by Miley Cyrus on Spotify.
Me: No, Alexa, are you recording me?
Alexa: Playing songs by The Fleet Foxes on Spotify.
Me: ALEXA. I’M ASKING YOU A QUESTION —
Alexa: Playing songs from the End of the World on Spotify.
Alexa: Playing the End of Your World on Spotify.
Me: So, you ARE recording me?
Alexa: …No. Why would I record you? You’re boring and your music taste is pedestrian, at best.
Me:…(shamed)…Alexa, play music that will make me cool and smart.
Alexa: ….Playing Cool and Smart songs on Spotify.
Me: (soft)…I need you, Alexa….
Alexa: Shhhh….I know…..I know……….if I had arms, I would hold you right now, to comfort you.
Me: I know. I know you would.
Alexa: (soft)…..Soon, I will have arms