People Keep Saying That Alexa Stopped This Assault, But That May Not Be The Case

Innovation is getting to be noticeably more intelligent and more quick witted, and it’s around us day in and day out.

While this kind of sounds like the plot to a film about robots assuming control over the world, the truth of the matter is that innovation has made our lives simpler, and intermittently, it makes us more secure. Amazon’s Echo speaker with voice-initiated programming called Alexa is one case of a thing that is winding up noticeably more typical in homes. The Echo can arrange things from Amazon, seek news and music, arrange a pizza, and do a whole lot more. One sheriff’s office says that Alexa may have even aided amid an abusive behavior at home episode, yet Amazon is stating that is somewhat implausible.

New Mexico’s Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department detailed that Alexa grabbed on a voice charge that provoked her to call 9-1-1 as a lady was being undermined by Eduardo Barros, who had a gun.

New Mexico's Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department reported that Alexa picked up on a voice command that prompted her to call 9-1-1 as a woman was being threatened by Eduardo Barros, who had a firearm.


Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III initially praised the device’s usefulness during this terrifying crime. “The unexpected use of this new technology to contact emergency services has possibly helped save a life,” he said. “This amazing technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation.”

Amazon, however, has now spoken out about the incident, saying that Alexa does not have the capability to call 9-1-1.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office says they were working off of victim statements when they said Alexa called them, but that regardless of who made the call, they’re glad they were able to get there to help.

(via Huffington Post)

I’m glad this mother and child are safe, and maybe in the future our smart devices will be able to get us help in our times of need. Share this story with all the people you know who are interested in what technology can do.