TBT: iP4...


By now I’m sure you’ve heard the stories about Amazon Echos freaking out. Like the one Alexa that recorded a conversation and sent it to coworkers. Or one that started laughing spontaneously.

Has anything similar happened to you?

It has to me. In a sense. I guess. 

One involved Nathan and I downstairs talking about DuckTales. He and I were trying to figure it some of the lyrics and we just couldn’t come up with a line. All of a sudden, the Alexa behind us started playing the new DuckTales theme. 

Nathan and I just looked at each other. Both a little creeped out. Nathan told Alexa to stop. We were done. 

A little later, we found out Katie overheard us and decided to send the song down to us from upstairs. So that one doesn’t count really. Even if we were freaked out.


But a week previously, Katie and I were upstairs watching TV in bed and all of a sudden I heard talking downstairs. Nathan was asleep in bed and the house was all locked up. 

I paused the show and started listening. It was Alexa playing music at nearly full volume and then she announced that she was synced to my iPhone. I checked settings in my iPhone and nada. No connection established. 

I went to the hallway and told Alexa to stop. It took two commands to make it work as the first only made her turn the volume down.

Basically, Alexa is a petulant teenager who doesn’t listen to her parents. WTF??