I Broke Amazon’s API to Make Alexa Start a Conversation You’d Never Want to Have

‘Alexa, Call Mom!’ watches, listens, and exploits your grief for capitalistic gain

The author sits in the dark behind the Amazon Echo, which is surrounded by lit candles in a seance-style set up.
Photo courtesy of Nouf Aljowaysir

What seems like an intimate moment of connection is upended by the realization that the Beyond skill is a new way of mining grieving users for capitalistic gain.

Amazon sells us a dream of revolutionary voice interfaces that reality has not yet caught up to.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store