Incident 160: Alexa Recommended Dangerous TikTok Challenge to Ten-Year-Old Girl

Description: Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa suggested “the penny challenge,” which involves dangerously touching a coin to the prongs of a half-exposed plug, when a ten-year-old girl asked for a challenge to do.


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Alleged: Amazon developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Kristin Livdahl's daughter , Amazon Echo customers and children using Alexa.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam


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