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Man Goes Out For Evening And His Amazon Alexa Device Decides To Party Too

A German man went out one night to have a few beers with his friend at the pub, but by the time he got home he learned that he was in big trouble. Apparently, loud music began blasting throughout his home at about 2 a.m. and his neighbors complained. The man wasn't home and he blames his Amazon device for the problem.

Amazon puts out a series of devices so that people can access a 'personal assistant', who the company calls 'Alexa'. The voice-controlled devices, such as 'Echo' or 'Tap', enable the user to tell the Alexa, an artificial intelligence personality, whatever they need her to do. According to the website, Alexa is 'capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real-time information'.

People can have Alexa even control household devices, such as turning up the heat, shutting off a light or playing some music. Alexa is supposed to wait to be told before doing any actions, but Oliver Haberstroh says his Alexa made some decisions on her own behind his back. They were bad decisions.

Alexa began blasting music at Haberstroh's apartment at 2 a.m. when he wasn't home. Neighbors were so frustrated by the blaring music that they called police. The police had to break into the apartment to turn off the voice-controlled device.

Officers then had to have new locks fitted because no one was home. Haberstroh had to go to the police station to pick up the keys, and the bill, for the new locks.

The man swears that he wasn't even home to tell Alexa to put on the music. Alexa is voice activated and it’s possible she could have heard a command from someone else, though unlikely. No one had been home with the device all evening, and Haberstroh swears that the music was off and the doors were locked while he was gone.

The device owner also notes that because he lives on the sixth floor, it's very unlikely that Alexa could have picked up a command, or something that sounded like a command, from a passerby on the streets. He’s too far up for Alexa to register any stray voices, and it’s not likely any neighbors were talking loud enough from another apartment for Alexa to pick it up through the walls.

Haberstroh is stumped as to why his device went off, and if Alexa knows, she isn't talking. At least, she won't tell the homeowner what prompted her to turn on that evening. Whatever little wild party she was running had broken up by the time the cops got there, and all that was left was the deafening music.

Haberstroh asked Alexa if she was going to be able to pay him back for all the money that she cost him for her little party.

"I couldn’t find any answer to the question," he says was her flat, dry response.

He might want to consider getting another roommate.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Facebook, MailOnline

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