2018: Amazon Alexa Says Chemtrails are a Real Government Conspiracy

In the latest case of weird Amazon Alexa stories, it’s been reported that friendly robot holds some views that aren’t, shall we say, accepted by the mainstream. Previously, the Amazon Echo Dot Alexa made headlines when it was creepily laughing at some of its owners. Now it seems like Alexa may be the world’s first AI conspiracy theorist.  When asked “Alexa, what are chemtrails?” Amazon’s “intelligent personal assistant” responded by informing the unwitting user that chemtrails are nefarious chemical or biological agents sprayed into the atmosphere by the government. It seems somehow doubtful that Amazon programmed that little tidbit of information into their flagship smart-home intelligence. Alexa thinks the government did this. According to Mashable, Alexa was straightforward in its assertion that chemtrails are both real, and the product of secret government programs. The full Alexa definition when asked, “Alexa, what are chemtrails?”: Chemtrails: Trails left by aircraft are […] Read More

2015: The TV Segment That Lays Bare Everything That’s Wrong with Corporate Media Today

Softballs for Amazon’s PR rep, superficial questions, and a former WH press secretary: this segment has it all. The New York Times published a somewhat scathing survey of Amazon’s corporate culture Sunday that quickly went viral, becoming the Times’ most shared story over the past 36 hours. The piece, written by Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld, dug deep into Amazon’s hyper-competitive culture and highlighted its more abusive and dehumanizing extremes. Some of the worst offenses are a lack of paternity leave, people sobbing at their desk, a “snitch” app that lets employees anonymously tattle on their colleagues, and a culture one former HR director called “purposeful Darwinism.” But worry not, CBS News is here to the rescue. After reading a press release by Amazon, the three CBS This Morning hosts invited New York Times journalist Jodi Kantor on the show to defend her article. Kantor went out of her way to […] Read More