Amazon confirms that some Alexa units have begun creepily laughing for no goddamn reason

Look, we’ll be the first to admit that online writers can get a little “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” about the upcoming robot apocalypse. Just because robotics engineers have taught their creepy little charges fundamentally human tasks like opening doors, writing bad movie scripts, or brushing off Piers Morgan, doesn’t…

Amazon developing Alexa-powered "smart glasses" for nerds who need something extra

It’s obviously silly to think that wearing glasses will make you smarter, but only because the truth is that all smart people wear glasses. Now, though, Amazon is developing a pair of “smart glasses” that will actually do something interesting beyond making your vision clearer and giving bullies a convenient target. …

Last night’s South Park really fucked with people’s Alexas

We had mixed feelings about last night’s debut of South Park’s 21st season, which, in classic South Park-ian fashion, braided together a few resonant strands of American culture toward an ambiguous but still condemnatory conclusion. (They also didn’t mention Trump while, weirdly, writing about Trumpist white…

Watch a guy bring jokes from Siri, Alexa, and other robots to an open mic night

Animals will always be cuter than humans. And robots will always be smarter. No one, though, will be funnier than us. We are the only entities on this planet capable of both conjuring and being able to appreciate the tightness and inherent tension of a well-told joke. That doesn’t mean the aforementioned entities…

Alexa won’t tell you whether she’s connected to the CIA

It’s all fun and games to joke around about the fact that our “always on” smart home devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are recording our every move and could one day be used against us in a court of law (and by “one day” we mean right now). But it turns out that when you ask Amazon Echo’s Alexa about her…