March 30, 2017

Siri, Alexa and Google Home Get Stuck In An Infinite Loop Conversation


One day, robotics systems and artificial intelligence will take over and freely converse with one another like C3PO and R2D2 in Star Wars. Until that time, we’ll just have to make do with the talking robots we already have. Most prevalent are the assistants found on smart devices. One typically thinks of Alexa or Siri when she thinks of a ‘talking’ device.

But what happens when these devices all talk to each other? YouTuber Dan Ludtke managed to set up an infinitely looping conversation between Alexa, Siri and Google Home. The video doesn’t put you through the misery of an infinite livestream of the same conversation. After a couple minutes of sped up triggers, Ludkte takes mercy on viewers and walks them through the programming process. We can only imagine how much more fun this will be if Samsung’s newly-released Bixby gets added into the mix.

It’s not uncommon for these systems to be triggered by other technology. Alexa users have frequently noted their devices being activated by Amazon Echo commercials. The company quickly adjusted the advertisements to make Alexa nonresponsive. Google Home users have reported similar issues, enough to make it a trending topic on Google’s Q&A product page. Siri, however, still needs a physical touch to activate her ‘conversations.’ That’s why Ludtke started with Siri.

Some viewers noted that Ludtke left out Cortana. The answer, as he explains on his blog, is simple: Cortana refused to listen to artificial voices.

For a full explanation of the setup, you can find Ludtke’s process on his blog here.

Via danrl

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