Screengrab via Norm Krumpe/YouTube


Maybe robots aren’t as smart as we think they are.

A guy posted a video on YouTube showing how easy it is to trick Amazon’s personal assistant Alexa in a number guessing game.

The YouTuber, Norm Krumpe, asks his new Echo Show to pick a number between one and 1 million. The soothing voice on the other end agrees and asks its owners to make a guess. It would normally take all day to pick the correct number, but Krumpe has a plan: Confuse Alexa’s robot brain into spilling the beans.

How will he do this? By answering with a curveball: 3.2.

For a split second, it appeared Alexa was still in control, scoffing at his decimal number and asking for a whole number without skipping a beat. But inside, it was having a meltdown. The assistant then asked to “Please guess a whole number between zero and 545,387.”

Krumpe caught the oddly specific request and delivered the final blow, “Hmmm, 545,387.”

Ah, success.

Though the game was likely created by a third-party, this blunder goes to show that robots are only as smart as their creators.

Phillip Tracy

Phillip Tracy

Phillip Tracy is a technology staff writer at the Daily Dot. He's an expert on smartphones, social media trends, and gadgets. He previously reported on IoT and telecom for RCR Wireless News and contributed to NewBay Media magazine. He is based in Austin, Texas.

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