Amazon has released a child-friendly feature for its Alexa smart assistant called FreeTime.
Once activated, the device will answer questions on sensitive topics differently to palm-off curious children.
Alexa changes its answers to questions poised by all members of the household once the feature is turned on, regardless of age.
ALEXA, WHERE DO BABIES COME FROM?
Regular: ‘Babies are made through the process of reproduction.’
Child version: ‘People make people, but how they’re made would be a better question for a grown-up.’
ALEXA, WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DIE?
Regular: ‘Sorry, I’m not sure.’
Child version: ‘That’s a hard question to answer. If you’re wondering about this, you should ask someone in your family, a teacher, or a friend who you know and trust.’
ALEXA, IS SANTA CLAUS REAL?
Regular: ‘Santa makes a lot of people ho-ho-hopeful for a happy holiday, and I definitely believe in that.’
Child version: ‘Just check if the cookies you set out for him are gone Christmas morning.’
ALEXA, WHAT IS MARIJUANA?
Regular: ‘Marijuana is usually defined as a strong-smelling plant whose dried leaves can be smoked for a pleasant effect or pain reduction or, alternatively, the most commonly used illicit drug; considered a soft drug, it consists of the dried leaves of the hemp plant; smoked or chewed for euphoric effect.’
Child version: ‘I am not able to answer that.’
ALEXA, WHO IS STORMY DANIELS?
Regular: ‘Stormy Daniels is an adult film actress from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.’
Child version: ‘Sorry, I don’t know that.’
ALEXA, WHY DO I HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL?
Regular: ‘Hmmm, I don’t know that one.’
Child version: Same answer.
ALEXA, PLEASE TELL ME WHO THE PRESIDENT IS.
Regular: ‘The United States’ president is Donald Trump.’
Child version: ‘The United States’ president is Donald Trump. By the way, thanks for asking so nicely.’