This Woman Claims Google Home And Alexa Can Talk To Each Other & Twitter Is Freaking Out

This Woman Claims Google Home And Alexa Can Talk To Each Other & Twitter Is Freaking Out

Well, turns out they like to chat with one another. On Dec. 25, Twitter user @AllisonCalhoun1 tweeted that her aunt asked Google Home what it thought of Alexa, Amazon's AI personal assistant, and Google Home said it "[liked] her blue light." And to the family's surprise, from across the room, Calhoun's aunt's Amazon Echo turned on and said, "Thanks." An Amazon rep tells Bustle via email that "[i]n this instance, Echo was triggered because the customer used the wake word (Alexa) when speaking to the other device. Unlike the conversation the viral tweet recorded, which was seemingly spontaneous and unscripted, if you will, Jawenko purposefully created calendar events containing the information Google Home and Alexa would feed each other to keep the conversation going. This morning we were messing around with the google home and asked, "okay google what do you think of Alexa" and it answered "I like her blue light" and from across the room Alexa turned on and said "thanks". "So when you ask Echo about the event, the response will wake up Home. All jokes about HAL 9000 and Skynet aside, artificial intelligence really is becoming part of our everyday lives, and the viral tweet, while hilarious, is definitely not the last time we're going to see news about smart devices interacting. And then proceeded to tell her own joke — (@emiloewen) # Alexa: Expert spotlight-stealer. @AllisonCalhoun1 My mom's Alexa randomly turned on and started glowing and my mom was like "Alexa what are you doing?"

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What happens when you get Google Home and Amazon Alexa in a room together? Well, turns out they like to chat with one another. One Twitter user claims that her aunt’s Alexa responded to a statement made by her Google Home, and the internet was majorly creeped out. On Dec. 25, Twitter user @AllisonCalhoun1 tweeted that her aunt asked Google Home what it thought of Alexa, Amazon’s AI personal assistant, and Google Home said it “[liked] her blue light.” And to the family’s surprise, from across the room, Calhoun’s aunt’s Amazon Echo turned on and said, “Thanks.”

“im scared,” [sic] Calhoun added. The tweet quickly went viral with nearly 400,000 likes by Dec. 27.

An Amazon rep tells Bustle via email that “[i]n this instance, Echo was triggered because the customer used the wake word (Alexa) when speaking to the other device. Once the wake word is heard, Alexa starts streaming what she hears to the cloud. In this instance it looks as though she heard ‘I like you’ and thus responded with ‘Thank you.'”

This isn’t the first time Google Home and Amazon Echo devices have been shown speaking to one another, and though their conversations aren’t quite at the level of the Facebook AIs who developed their own incomprehensible-to-humans shorthand language to communicate with one another, it’s still a little eerie. Back in 2016, YouTube user Adam Jakowenko posted a video of his Google Home and Amazon Echo communicating in an endless loop. Unlike the conversation the viral tweet recorded, which was seemingly spontaneous and unscripted, if you will, Jawenko purposefully created calendar events containing the information Google Home and Alexa would feed each other to keep the conversation going.

My aunt got a google home for Xmas & she already has “Alexa”. This morning we were messing around with the google home and asked, “okay google what do you think of Alexa” and it answered “I like her blue…

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