It would appearÂ that Amazonâ€™s voice-enabled assistant Alexa is willing to answer any question it understandsâ€¦ Unless itâ€™s about the CIA. At least, thatâ€™s what a video thatÂ surfaced on reddit earlier today has led us to believe.
When asked by a mystery woman whether it wouldÂ lie, AlexaÂ explains that itÂ isnâ€™t programmed to intentionally provide wrong answers, though itÂ admits that itÂ sometimes get things wrong â€” a pretty honestÂ response, huh?
The woman then asks the AI, â€œWhat is the CIA?â€ As youâ€™d expect, itÂ delivers another flawless, accurate answer, explaining that the CIA is the United Statesâ€™ Central Intelligence Agency.
Things start to getÂ interesting, however, when the woman quizzesÂ Alexa on whether itâ€™s â€œconnected to the CIA.â€ The question is presented to the assistant twice, and on both occasions it fails to deliver a response, sendingÂ conspiracy theorists nuts.
Check it out below:
Itâ€™s probably a coincidence
A coincidence? Probably. But following recent news aboutÂ the CIAâ€™s arsenal of hackingÂ tools and Amazonâ€™s history with the agency, the theory that the government is using Alexa to spy on the public doesnâ€™t seem tooÂ far-fetched.