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Good speaker instructs little one to the touch penny to stay electrical plug in ‘problem’ – Nationwide

Good speaker instructs little one to the touch penny to stay electrical plug in ‘problem’ – Nationwide

Digital house assistants are designed to make life simpler for his or her customers, however one mother has sounded the alarm after her Amazon Echo speaker advisable a really harmful exercise to her little one.

Kristin Livdahl shared on Twitter that Alexa instructed her 10-year-old daughter to mess around with {an electrical} socket after she requested the assistant for a “problem to do.”

“Plug in a cellphone charger about midway right into a wall outlet, then contact a penny to the uncovered prongs,” the sensible speaker stated.

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Livdahl wrote that she was performing some “bodily challenges” together with her daughter, like “laying down and rolling over holding a shoe in your foot, from a (bodily training) trainer on YouTube earlier. Unhealthy climate exterior. She simply wished one other one.”

It was then that the speaker advisable they partake in a problem that it had “discovered on the net.”

Livdahl tweeted that she shortly intervened, yelling at her speaker “No, Alexa, no!”

She additionally flagged the problem to Amazon.

The so-called #OutletChallenge or “penny problem,” which originated on TikTok, requires customers to slip a penny in between a loosely plugged-in cellphone charger and {an electrical} outlet, inflicting massive sparks of electrical energy. Movies of the sparks are then posted on-line.

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An officer with Halifax Regional Hearth and Emergency warned of the problem final yr, when the development was first seen on social media platforms.

“You may set your self on fireplace, you can set the constructing on fireplace and you can too injury issues throughout the constructing,” Matt Covey, a hearth prevention division chief, informed World Information in 2020. “You’re damaging {the electrical} outlet. You may be damaging issues in behind the wall the place there’s wires or {the electrical} panel … so you can trigger an entire bunch of hazards, a few of them immediately.”


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What dad and mom must know concerning the ‘Penny Problem’ on TikTok


What dad and mom must know concerning the ‘Penny Problem’ on TikTok – Jan 30, 2020

In a press release to the BBC, Amazon stated it took “swift motion to repair (the error)” as quickly because it grew to become conscious of Livdahl’s expertise.

“Buyer belief is on the centre of all the things we do and Alexa is designed to offer correct, related, and useful info to prospects,” the net large stated.

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