There was a recent tabloid piece featuring a video of a woman asking Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa if it was connected to the CIA. At the time, the Echo Dot she was speaking to did not respond to the question. She asked a few times, and each time the Echo was silent. Conspiracy theorists weighed in. It was an amusing video, but the Daily Mail’s clickbait headline raises a legitimate question: Can Alexa lie?
How Alexa Works
According to Amazon, you can “use the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) to add intelligent voice control to any connected product that has a microphone and speaker.” Alexa uses machine learning to help it recognize what you say (in the process known as automatic speech recognition) and understand the question (natural language understanding) and then routes your information as requested.
Source:: AdAge – Digital