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    Should Amazon change the default wake word for echo devices?

    This is not a new thing, but I just found out about it yesterday so i figured I’d bring it to the community’s attention

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    Wow! One woman’s crusade to get Amazon to change the name “Alexa” of the Echo software and device.

    LINK: https://alexaisahuman.com/my-letter-to-amazon

    I never thought of the name “Alexa” for a human (I’ve heard plenty of “Alexandra”, “Alexis”, “Alexandria”… but never “Alexa”) prior to the Echo technology’s introduction. It was BECAUSE OF the Echo’s name that I thought it might be a cute name for a girl… but apparently countless of human Alexas are being bullied, driven to change their names, suicidal thoughts, etc. I would never dream of bullying someone named Alexa…

    what do you think? Should Amazon have thought this through better? Did they make a mistake? Should they change the name?

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    Video by NameExplained on the subject: https://youtu.be/Ks3c3Xf0EK4
    Another video summarizing the situation: https://youtu.be/IAa-w8oQpQ8

    Note: the attached poll is set to run for 21 days (3 weeks) from the date of posting… this plenty of time for you to vote, think on it, form new opinions and change your mind if new opinions are formed. But by having a defined cut off it gives a clear timeframe as to when the data was captured. I *MIGHT* follow this up with a more detailed and thoughtful survey to gain more insights into this. I don’t know for certain if I will or not.. but if I do, I’ll update this thread



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    It doesn't matter what you call it. Any name Amazon chose would have been someone's name somewhere in the world. I'm sure there is someone called Siri somewhere who also gets the same abuse.
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    honestly, I am completely on board with you there. One of my friends actually chose it Siri as her nickname, and she gets a lot of abuse in a very similar way but you don’t see her writing to Apple. Further, you don’t see me riding to Nickelodeon or Paramount plus for every iCarly reference that comes my way. but the fact that adults are abusing these people who should know better… That’s where I have some degree of issue with this and the fact that some people are driven to legally change their names, and their constant harassment at work and at school, and some have even been pushed to suicidal thoughts. Normally I’d say this is just life and technology intersecting, but I really do believe that we need to treat each other better.

    these are my thoughts take from them what you will.
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