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

Technology is becoming smarter and smarter, and it’s around us 24/7.

While this sort of sounds like the plot to a movie about robots taking over the world, the fact is that technology has made our lives easier, and oftentimes, it makes us safer. Amazon’s Echo speaker with voice-activated software called Alexa is one example of an item that’s becoming more and more common in homes. The Echo can order items from Amazon, search news and music, order a pizza, and do much, much more. One sheriff’s office says that Alexa may have even helped during a domestic violence incident, but Amazon is saying that’s a little far-fetched.

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.

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