You may not have taken up the use of an Alexa or Google Home device yet. But they’re all the rage. And one of the useful things that they can do is give you definitions for different things about which you might be curious. But people found out something curious when they asked their Google device about Jesus.
For some reason, while the assistant device was able to identify such figures as Allah and Buddha, it drew a blank when it came to Jesus.
Check out the video and it’s easy to see why the story went viral.
A woman walks through various choices. Everything has an answer.
Everything except for Jesus. Or Jesus Christ.
From Fox News:
“Google, who is Allah?” one Google user asked on a now-viral Facebook video.
“According to Wikipedia, in Islamic theology God is the all-powerful, all knowing creator, sustainer, ordainer and judge of everything in existence,” the virtual assistant replied.
But when she asked Google who Jesus Christ was, the device replied, “Sorry, I don’t know how to help with that yet.”
And when she asked who Jesus was, the device responded, “Sorry, I’m not sure how to help.”
David Sams of Brentwood, Tennessee, tested out the device too. He found the same problem many others had. But with an interesting twist. Google even knew who he, David Sams, was. But not God or Jesus.
This, of course, sparked the concern that there was some deeper problem here as to why Google appeared to be dissing Jesus.
Sams said, “It’s kinda scary, it’s almost like Google has taken Jesus and God out of smart audio. First, it started with schools.”
Google released a statement to Fox 17 saying it meant no disrespect to Christians or the Son of God.
“The reason the Google Assistant didn’t respond with information about ‘Who is Jesus’ or ‘Who is Jesus Christ’ wasn’t out of disrespect but instead to ensure respect,” Google said in a statement.
They said that certain topics could be subject to vandalism and spam, and the device might not respond in that event.
So the answer is to simply have no answer for anything deemed ‘controversial?’ That doesn’t seem like a very satisfactory idea.
And their answer now has been to disable any answers to anything religious while they work on the ‘problem.’
Not sure everyone is going to buy Google’s explanation.
But of course, the simple answer is to play it straight. If someone tries to vandalize it, then deal with it then.
Just completely cutting off the answer is dumb. And invites people to speculate on your motives.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]