Amazon's Echo devices and voice-activated personal assistant, Alexa, make dozens of activities like streaming music, ordering rides on Uber, and, uh, playing porn as easy as saying "Alexa, ..." and simply requesting what you want. Alexa also makes buying stuff on Amazon dangerously easy, which led to not just one, but multiple unwanted orders for dollhouses from the online retail giant last week.
As a report by The Verge explains, it all started when a six-year-old in Dallas, Texas managed to order herself a $150 KidKraft Sparkle Mansion dollhouse and "four pounds of sugar cookies" via her family's new Amazon Echo Dot. Naturally, the story made headlines across the country last week, but a segment on the mishap during The CW6's morning news broadcast in San Diego last Thursday accidentally made it worse. Anchor Jim Patton was wrapping up coverage of the story, when he said, "I love the little girl, saying ‘Alexa ordered me a dollhouse,'" on live TV, which instantly triggered some viewers' Amazon Echo devices to start ordering dollhouses, too. Really.