Amazon’s Alexa Confuses Owners With Surprise Purchases

Amazon’s new virtual assistant Alexa recently got a little too excited online shopping.

According to the Huffington Post, the voice activated assistant recently purchased a $170 dollhouse for 6-year-old Brooke Neitzel after it heard her ask “Can you play dollhouse with me and get me a dollhouse?” Alexa also had 4 pounds of sugar cookies delivered to the Neitzel house after Brooke discussed wanting cookies with Alexa as well.

While the Neitzel family admits to whispering more frequently around Alexa now, this wasn’t the end of the online shopping fun.

When this story was covered by a San Diego TV station, Alexa-owning viewers realized it was listening to the broadcast as well. When local anchor Jim Patton commented on-air, “I love the little girl, saying ‘Alexa ordered me a dollhouse,’” viewers realized it triggered orders on their own devices.

However, if you own an Alexa and are worried about the possibility it will make purchases for you as well, don’t fret. It’s settings can be adjusted to disable voice ordering, or to require a password in order to make purchases.

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