You might be surprised how often your virtual assistant THINKS you’re asking it a question. Because a new study found a ton of words that can accidentally trigger your Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant devices.
Researchers set devices up next to TVs, and played hundreds of hours of shows, like “Game of Thrones”, “Modern Family”, “House of Cards” and news broadcasts. They found over 1,000 words and phrases that can trigger them.
They haven’t released the full list yet, but here are a few examples:
1. Alexa can be triggered by the words “unacceptable” . . . “election” . . . and “a letter.”
2. Google Home can be triggered by “Okay, cool” and “Okay, who’s reading.”
3. Siri can be triggered by “a city” and “Hey, Jerry.”
4. Microsoft Cortana gets confused by the word, “Montana.”
This happens to me all the time when I’m using my Alexa to listen to Mad Rock or an audiobook! Soooooooo annoying!