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Watch parents panic as a kid’s adorable Alexa request returns graphic pornography

December 30th, 2016 at 10:27 AM

Amazon’s Alexa will always do its best to make out what you’re trying to tell it, but when it comes to the adorable mumble of a youngster just getting a grasp on the spoken word, sometimes its algorithm comes up a bit short. A YouTube user by the name of “f0t0b0y” just uploaded evidence that Alexa’s translation shortcomings can lead to some absolutely horrific — but also hilarious — results.

Playing with an Echo Dot, a young boy attempts to get it to play something, though it’s not immediately clear exactly what he’s asking for. It sounds like “Digger, Digger” — you know how much kids love construction equipment — but that might not be entirely accurate. Whatever the case, Alexa doesn’t hear him correctly and instead delivers a rather graphic description of pornography.

“Hot chick amateur girl sexy,” Alexa begins spitting out. You can hear several people in the background realizing how dark things have gotten and begin yelling “No!” repeatedly. Amazon’s virtual assistant isn’t deterred by this, and continues its hilarious rant, spitting out “pussy anal dildo ring” before the man filming the whole ordeal is able to yell “Alexa, stop!”

There’s a pregnant pause and deafening silence after Alexa falls quiet, as the adults in the room undoubtedly were considering how exactly to approach what had just happened. Then, inevitably, the laughter begins. We can’t wait for the day when this innocent kid is old enough to truly appreciate how fantastic the whole thing was. It’s a fantastic reminder that as smart as we all pretend our modern technology is, these gadgets are really just stumbling around in the dark, hoping that they do what we’re asking of them.

Mike Wehner has reported on technology and video games for the past decade, covering breaking news and trends in VR, wearables, smartphones, and future tech.

Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today,, and countless other web and print outlets. His love of reporting is second only to his gaming addiction.

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