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Alexa falls for conspiracy theories too: Amazon fixes embarrassing 'error' that saw its voice assistant telling users the government is secretly behind CHEMTRAILS

April 11, 2018 11:44 PM
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If you ask Alexa what chemtrails are, you might be surprised by what she says.

The voice assistant has been spouting a government conspiracy theory as an explanation for the oft-debated condensation trails.

Alexa has been recorded telling users: 'Chemtrails are trails left by aircraft [that] are actually chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed at high altitudes for a purpose undisclosed to the general public in clandestine programs directed by government officials'.

Amazon says it has taken steps to fix the issue since the error was first discovered by Mashable.

'This was an error and has since been corrected,' an Amazon spokesperson told Mail Online.

It appears that Amazon has changed Alexa's answer to the question 'What is chemtrails?' to say: 'Chemtrails refer to trails of condensation, or contrails, left by jet engine exhaust when they come into contact with cold air at high altitudes'.

Conspiracy theorists continue to believe that airliners are deliberately spraying a mixture of toxic chemicals into the atmosphere, with undisclosed goals that may have to do with weather modification or mind control.

The white stripes are actually contrails, or condensation that's been heated by a high-flying aircraft's engine that then mixes with cold air and appears as visible clouds.

A recent study published in the scientific journal Environmental Research Letters found that 76 of 77 scientists surveyed said there is no evidence that chemtrails exist.

Amazon has fixed an issue with Alexa where the voice assistant seemed to support the chemtrails conspiracy theory. In reality, the white strikes are contrails (pictured)

That hasn't stopped some die-hard believers from standing by the chemtrails conspiracy, however.

In August, a separate study published in scientific journal Palgrave Communications found that 10% to 20% of Americans believe the chemtrails conspiracy theory is true.

And 20% to 30% believe the conspiracy theory is 'somewhat true,' the study found.

Respondents' answers didn't appear to be influenced by political party affiliation or strength of partisanship.

Reports of Alexa spouting off the chemtrails conspiracy theory began surfacing earlier this month.

It isn't the first time users have shared stories of Alexa making bizarre statements or noises.

In March, dozens of users reported that their Alexa-enabled gadgets would start laughing totally unprompted.

One user reportedly tried to turn the lights off in their home but Alexa repeatedly turned the lights back on, eventually uttering an 'evil laugh'.

Another Echo Dot owner said they told Alexa to turn off their alarm in the morning and she responded by letting out a 'witch-like' laugh.

Amazon later announced that it would change the command so that the device wouldn't mistakenly interpret other noises as a request for it to laugh.

Last month, an Echo owner complained that a commercial had a man asking Alexa to order him some cat food.

The command prompted his Echo to order him cat food, which he clearly didn't want.

The Echo works by constantly listening for the 'wake word' – either 'Alexa' or 'Amazon' by default – and then records your voice and transfers it to a processor for analysis so that it can fulfil requests or answer questions.


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