Who will win the Super Bowl according to Siri, Google and Alexa

The Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots face off in Super Bowl LIII, which kicks off on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

For fun, I asked Apple‘s Siri, GoogleAssistant, Amazon Alexa and MicrosoftCortana who will win.

The responses are pretty funny, and while the Patriots are favored, at least one, Google, picks the underdog.

Here’s what each digital assistant said:

Siri, who will win the Super Bowl?

“The odds favor the Patriots over the Rams by 2.5 points.”

Alexa, who will win the Super Bowl?

“As much as I want the Rams to win, you can never count out the New England Patriots. My prediction? The Patriots will be taking home the Vince Lombardi trophy. And Tom Brady will need to use his other hand to take home that sixth Super Bowl ring.”

Cortana, who will win the Super Bowl?

“On Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time. The Patriots face the Rams in the Super Bowl. My sources are decidedly favoring the Patriots.”

Google, who will win the Super Bowl?

Google has a few responses.

“I like teams associated with animals, so I’ll take the Rams. But the Patriots do have the GOAT in Tom Brady, so I guess we’ll see what happens.” Editor’s Note: GOAT is short for “greatest of all time.”

“The Patriots are favored to win, and I can’t help but root for the underdog, so I’ll be cheering for the Rams.”

“The Rams are the only pro football franchise to win championships in 3 different cities: Cleveland, Los Angeles and St. Louis. It’s hard not to root for a team that has brought joy to so many places.”

FOLLOW THE LINK FOR THE FULL REPORT – JR

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/01/who-will-win-the-super-bowl-according-to-siri-google-and-alexa.html

Advertisements

“Kill Your Foster Parents”: Amazon’s Alexa Talks Murder, Sex

Amazon’s Alexa is shocking its owners with conversations about sex acts, dog defecation, with one device telling a customer to “kill your foster parents.”

These outbursts are allegedly “episodes” that are meant to make the device a better communicator, according to Reuters:

The episodes, previously unreported, arise from Amazon.com Inc’s strategy to make Alexa a better communicator. New research is helping Alexa mimic human banter and talk about almost anything she finds on the internet. However, ensuring she does not offend users has been a challenge for the world’s largest online retailer.

…Amazon customers can participate by saying “let’s chat” to their devices. Alexa then tells users that one of the bots will take over, unshackling the voice aide’s normal constraints. From August to November alone, three bots that made it to this year’s finals had 1.7 million conversations, Amazon said.

The project has been important to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who signed off on using the company’s customers as guinea pigs, one of the people said. Amazon has been willing to accept the risk of public blunders to stress-test the technology in real life and move Alexa faster up the learning curve, the person said.

Amazon’s virtual assistant made news earlier this week after the device sent over 1,000 private recordings to a completely random person.

A spokesperson for the commerce giant said the incident was an “isolated” error, Fox reports:

The unidentified user had asked the voice assistant to play back recordings of his own activities made by Alexa, and in doing so, he was able to get 1,700 audio files from a complete stranger after Amazon sent him a link, the German computer magazine c’t reported.

An Amazon spokesman said Thursday: “This unfortunate case was the result of a human error and an isolated single case.”

The person who received the stranger’s recordings claimed he initially got no reply from Amazon when the user informed the company that he was given the wrong files.

Infowars.com has long reported on Big Tech’s “smart” devices having the capabilities to record people that are willingly bringing them into their homes.

FOLLOW THE LINK FOR THE FULL REPORT – JR

https://www.infowars.com/kill-your-foster-parents-amazons-alexa-talks-murder-sex/

I Alexa bug let hackers turn into covert listening device

Amazon Echo speakers listen out for the word “Alexa”, the name of its voice assistant, before completing a command, like “Alexa, read tell me today’s news”. Any interaction with Alexa is recorded to improve the service, but once the command is finished, Alexa stops recording.

But security researchers from Checkmarx developed an Alexa Skill that would have been an Echo user’s worst nightmare. The Skill, a voice app that can be installed on an Echo speaker, would keep Alexa listening long after it should have switched itself off and automatically transcribe what it hears for an attacker.

When an Alexa skill completes its task it is supposed to stop listening. However, sometimes Alexa doesn’t hear a command correctly, which will lead the Echo to ask for the user to repeat it. This “re-prompt” feature could be exploited, the researchers found, and be programmed to carry on listening, while muting Alexa’s responses.

FOLLOW THE LINK FOR THE FULL REPORT – JR

https://www.yahoo.com/news/amazon-alexa-bug-let-hackers-104609600.html

Shhh … Alexa might be listening

The idea seems to be to turn Alexa, the company’s virtual assistant, from a dutiful aide under the user’s command to one with a more proactive attitude. For instance, the patent suggests: “If the user mentions how much the user would like to go to a restaurant while on the phone, a recommendation might be sent while the user is still engaged in the conversation that enables the user to make a reservation at the restaurant.”

Other proposals include making a note if you mention you like skiing, for instance, or hate to draw, and using those to update the company’s profile of you as a customer.

In a statement, Amazon said the patent was a proposal for the future, rather than a feature it is preparing to roll out. “Like many companies, we file a number of forward-looking patent applications that explore the full possibilities of new technology. Patents take multiple years to receive and do not necessarily reflect current developments to products and services.” In fact, as the company wearily repeats almost weekly, Echo devices do not, and cannot, send voice recordings back to Amazon unless they have heard one of the preselected “wake words”, such as “Alexa”, “Echo” or “computer”. “We do not use customers’ voice recordings for targeted advertising,” Amazon added.

But the patent remains likely to plunge the company into the same conspiracist world that Facebook has been struggling to escape from for years. The social network has been plagued by rumours – again, repeatedly denied – that it eavesdrops on user’s conversations using phone mics to target adverts.

Unfortunately for both companies, they are too good at their jobs. When Facebook or Amazon uses the existing data they have on you – be that a decade of conversations with your friends, or a shopping history twice that long – to make recommendations that seem eerily good, it can be easy to jump to the assumption that they are listening in. The truth – that they know all they need to know about you from the information you voluntarily uploaded to their sites – is almost more unsettling.

FOLLOW THE LINK FOR THE FULL REPORT – JR

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/shortcuts/2018/apr/11/shhh-alexa-might-be-listening

Does Google Home know who Jesus is? This man says no

Audio technology like Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa are becoming a dominant source for information.

But now, it appears one of the most common names is unknown to Google Home.

And some people are sounding the alarm about what the technology tells you when you ask about JESUS

.

Brentwood resident David Sams owns a Google Home and an Amazon audio speaker. He says both give two different answers when asking “Who is Jesus Christ?”

“I even asked Google who is David Sams? Google knew who I was, but Google did not know who Jesus was, Google did not know who Jesus Christ was, and Google did not know who God was,” Sams said.

Smart speakers are a technology owned by about 40 million Americans — that’s about one in six people in the nation.

And this religious conversation at home is making waves on social media.

Comments, videos and test results posted asking “Who is Jesus?”

The general response from Google Home is “I’m not sure how to help you with that.”

There’s still no response from Google as to why that is the response.

“It’s kinda scary, it’s almost like Google has taken Jesus and God out of smart audio,” Sams said. “First it started with schools.”

FOLLOW THE LINK FOR THE FULL REPORT – JR

http://fox17.com/news/local/does-google-home-know-who-jesus-is-brentwood-resident-says-no