Jeopardy! Contestant’s Name Awakens Alexa Devices
— Not Mark Wahlberg (@_MarkWithAnM) July 26, 2022
Jeopardy! contestant Alexa Jakob made a deep impression on many viewers on Wednesday despite not winning the game because every time host Ken Jennings said her name it would set off their Echo smart speakers and other Alexa-enabled devices. It happened often enough that Amazon felt compelled to respond and remind people that they can always mute their devices. As for Jakob, an electrical engineer, when not on TV, this was one tech issue she decided was not part of her responsibilities.
One of the contestants on tonight’s Jeopardy is named Alexa, and my Alexa device keeps getting triggered.
Her latest response was, “I don’t know the answer to that.”
I am in bizarro world.
— It’sJustPat (@PatCorc2019) July 26, 2022
Hello! We’re sorry for this inconvenience! If needed, you could temporarily mute your Alexa device. -Christie
— Amazon Help (@AmazonHelp) July 26, 2022
Also, if you’re complaining that your Amazon device was set off tonight – I can’t do much about that!
— Alexa (@wolframalexa) July 27, 2022