Amazon's Alexa takes bullying toll on 6-year-old Alexa
"Alexa, turn on the TV.""Alexa, what's the weather in Seattle?""Alexa, wake me up at 7 o'clock."These are commands appropriate for Amazon's virtual assistant device — not a 6-year-old girl who shares the same name.More: 11 weird and wild NJ stories from Summer 2018More: Bear spray incident at NJ Amazon warehouse shines light on safety recordBut classmates of the Massachusetts girl have been bullying her, ordering her to complete tasks and then laughing. All this has made the girl's mom so distraught, according to NBC 4 New York, that she penned a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, saying, "We are not asking for wealth or recognition from this request. We just want to correct an error we believe was a giant mistake."Companies should not be using women's names to name their products, the mother, who wanted to be known by her first name Lauren to protect her child's identity, told the TV station. "Alexa is a person, not a machine, and people have to stop referring to her like she is one.” An Amazon representative responded to the mother, thanking her for taking the time to voice her concerns and the feedback would be sent to our "internal teams," according to the report.
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