A video of a woman asking her Amazon Echo bot if it is connected to the CIA is making people nervous.
The short video posted on Reddit, has already been viewed more than half a million times in less than 24 hours.
It shows Amazon’s intelligent personal assistant Alexa sat on a table in a computer room before the anonymous woman filming begins to ask Alexa a series of questions.
“Alexa, would you lie to me?” she says.
“I always try to tell the truth. I’m not always right but I would never intentionally lie to you or anyone else,” the robot replies.
The woman continues: “Alexa, what is the CIA?”
After a short pause, Alex says: “The United States Central Intelligence Agency. CIA.”
“Alexa, are you connected to the CIA?” the woman asks.
This time however, instead of giving an answer, the small gadget switches itself off and seemingly pretends not to have heard.
She asks again, only for the same response.
And the machine’s failure to answer has been creeping out viewers online since the clip was posted.
“Where do we stand on torture of electronics. Cause it might be time for a little office space,” wrote one viewer ominously.
“Feels like a ‘I could tell you but then I'd have to murder you’ situation,” added a second.
But another user had a more simple explanation for the result.
The comment read: “I think what's happening here is that when she asks ‘Are you connected to "The CIA”?’ Alexa (Amazon Echo) is interpreting that as an attempt to get her to connect to a device labeled ‘The CIA’ which she is failing to find.”
It comes after WikiLeaks decided to give details of CIA hacking tools to tech companies, according to founder Julian Assange.