Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Voice-activated Device's Call To Police May Have Saved Woman's Life

A man beating and threatening his girlfriend was arrested after a voice-activated device, such as Amazon's Alexa, called the police, say authorities in New Mexico.

According to reports, during the assault, the man is said to have asked: “Did you call the sheriffs?” It is believed that the question was picked up by the smart speaker and the voice-powered virtual assistant recognized the phrase as a instruction causing it to call 911.

The woman under assault could be heard during the call yelling "Alexa, call 911."

Right now these devices have no capability to call 911, so it's a head-scratcher as how the emergency call was activated. While I still have privacy concerns about smart devices, not everything is all negative.

Sources:
Amazon's Alexa credited with possibly lifesaving 911 call - CBS News

Amazon’s Alexa can’t call 911. But a sheriff claims it did - CNet

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