Now Alexa responds when you insult her: what happens if you say “You're an idiot”

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Now Alexa responds when you insult her: what happens if you say “You're an idiot”

From March 8, Alexa began responding to users who insult her. The initiative was launched by Amazon in collaboration with Action Aid. The objective of the campaign is to combat verbal violence.

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“Shut up,” “You’re an idiot,” and “You suck.” According to a statement released by Alexa , these are just some of the insults directed by users at the voice assistant distributed by Amazon . Until now there were no pre-set reactions to this type of interaction . Alexa sometimes responded modestly, sometimes she simply asked to repeat the question . Now Amazon has announced that there will be much clearer responses to these insults instead.

Amazon announced that an initiative against verbal violence began on March 8th in collaboration with Action Aid . With the new updates, Alexa will “respond in kind” to a list of phrases that have been identified by Amazon developers as insults. Not only. With the specific command “Alexa, have your say” it will be possible to have a series of information on the effects of verbal violence .

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At the moment Alexa, Siri and Google remain the main voice assistants used in Italy . On the horizon, however, there is a new order of voice assistants connected directly to an AI-based chatbot. ChatGPT has already released a voice version of its chats.

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Thinking about the future, therefore, there is one thing that can already be kept in mind. As absurd as it may seem, there is a scientific study that shows how speaking kindly to artificial intelligence chatbots can be useful for getting more correct answers. The reason is all in the data that was used to train these models.

Action Aid’s comment

According to Katia Scannavini , deputy secretary of ActionAid Italia, changing the way we talk to Aleza is part of a broader project to combat gender violence: “Talking about psychological violence against women and raising awareness of the impact it has on their lives is one of the fundamental steps to eradicate the widespread patriarchal culture that continues to produce gender discrimination and violence in Italy”.

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