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Google’s smart audio device doesn’t recognise Jesus or God

Google’s smart audio device doesn’t recognise Jesus or God

Christians are reportedly up in arms because Google Home, a device that’s intended to answer any questions you care to throw at it, is stumped when asked about Jesus Christ or God.

Google Home responds: “Sorry, I’m not sure how to help” or “My apologies I don’t understand”.

But if asked about characters such as Mohammed, Buddha or even Satan the device gives a full breakdown on what it has found on the web.

Last year a rival product – Amazon’s Alexa – did recognise Jesus, but not in a way Christians found acceptable. When asked about JC the device replied:

He is a fictional character.

This “misinformation”, apparently, has since been corrected.

American TV producer, author, and speaker David Sams, above, took it upon himself to compare the answers of his Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa during a Facebook Live video. He demonstrated that the Amazon device pulled up the online information on Jesus while Google Home still claimed it did not have anything to say about Jesus.

I even asked Google ‘who is David Sams?’ Google knew who I was, but Google did not know who Jesus was and Google did not know who God was. It’s kinda scary, it’s almost like Google has taken Jesus and God out of smart audio.

I don’t know if there’s some kind of wizard making these decisions or if it’s some kind of oversight. But whatever it is, they need to address it immediately.

According to research, one in six adults in America (or around 39 million people) now own a voice-activated smart speaker.

Although other Google devices pull up a description of Jesus and God there has been no response from the company on why Google Home does not. The speaker does reference Jesus, though, when asked about the Last Supper or Saint Peter.

Nashville resident Martin Collins said that he thinks this feeds into a bigger problem of political correctness.

They took prayer out of schools, they think just taking Jesus out of everything is politically correct these days and I think that’s the stem of a lot of our problems.

Steven Crowder

Last year Conservative media personality Steven Crowder posted a video online showing Amazon’s Alexa Echo calling Jesus a “fictional character.”

Crowder noted that Alexa demonstrated “a significant far-Left bent” on questions about gender identity and religion, with it responding that there are more than two genders and describing Jesus Christ as “a fictional character.”

Posted the day after Thanksgiving, the video garnered over 1.2 million views and widespread attention among conservative blogs and news sites that saw the video as evidence that Amazon was pushing a liberal agenda.

A Christian Post reader also expressed his concerns about Alexa’s response to these questions and shared video clips of other Alexa users asking the device to answer the question, “Who is the Lord Jesus Christ?” Each time Alexa responded, “Jesus Christ is a fictional character.”

David G McAfee, an atheist blogger on Patheos, reported having 20 of his friends ask their Echo devices the question and said none of them received the answer that the Crowder video showed.

Every single person said Alexa read them a Wikipedia entry for Jesus Christ. And if you ask, ‘Who is our Lord and Savior?’ Alexa says some variation of, ‘Sorry, I don’t know that one’.

Crowder is lying and riling up his fellow conservatives, while the rest of us watch on the sidelines wondering how people are falling for it.

Crowder hotly denied fabricating the video.

10 responses to “Google’s smart audio device doesn’t recognise Jesus or God”

  1. Angela_K says:

    These devices use algorithms to scour the internet looking for suitable replies to the question, choosing the most common and relevant, so it would seem the god/Jesus nonsense is no longer relevant – something the religious dislike.
    These devices data-mine, allowing the tax-dodging companies that make them to acquire a database about the users, this data can and is traded. Hipsters and sad gits seem to fall for this pointless stuff and the music sound quality is awful.

  2. barriejohn says:

    Maybe the clue’s in the name: Smart Device!

    Angela: Good points.

  3. L.Long says:

    SO the TRUE answer ….he is a fictional charactor is upsetting to delusional dimwits! What a surprise!

  4. StephenJP says:

    Alexa may be wiser than we thought.

  5. Cali Ron says:

    Christian delusion is deep seated and irrational. That’s why it upsets them so much, the rational half of their brain can’t reconcile the irrational beliefs of the other half of their brain.

  6. Laura Roberts says:

    @AngelaK: exactly my thoughts regarding the technology behind it. It’s relatively simple to develop statistical models (e.g., topic models) that scour internet databases for answers to cover given topics. The answers are likely to change given different input data or different model parameters. Hence it’s no real surprise that different companies’ gadgets will yield slightly different answers to queries.

    The extent to which these tools give biased answers is likely a reflection of internet data consensus rather than any devious intent on the part of Google or Amazon. Tweaking a model to yield reasonable responses for typical test cases is much, much easier than painstakingly going through and forcing it to give specific answers to specific queries. It’s not impossible, but a high cost for little benefit.

    I thought the devices sounded cool (I am a geek) but stopped short of buying one mainly because of the consumer data mining aspect. As for the sound, my relatives love their Sonos speakers.

  7. 1859 says:

    This is an amazing breakthrough! Technology is atheist. When AI gets going it will be all the machines that are atheist and rational, with us humans left to roam the planet in various state of religious delusion. Can’t wait!

  8. 1859 says:

    It’s a great idea for a dystopian novel…

  9. Italian Scallion says:

    I love it. Even a machine knows that god and jesus are not real.

  10. Brian Jordan says:

    @Laura Roberts
    I, too, dislike the data mining. I wonder if all those asking the Jesus question will find a Jerry Falwell DVD in the post next week?