Most of us love music and enjoy listening to our favorite songs online. Some of us still do it the old-school way, meaning going on YouTube, Spotify and the like, search for the song, and click play to listen to it. But others prefer the convenience of AI and ask Alexa to play their favorite song for them.
Of course, you don’t have to be an adult to use Alexa and other virtual assistants. What you only need is to speak English, really.
Just like the toddler in the video below.
The little girl couldn’t or didn’t want to- most probably- use the tablet or mobile, so she opted for the next best thing: she asked Alexa the robot to play a song for her.
But what was the song she wanted to listen to?
It was the most popular children’s song over the last couple of years: “Baby Shark”.
When “Baby Shark” was first uploaded on YouTube 4 years ago, nobody could have imagined how big it would get. Not even its creators. Still, from the beginning, it was obvious that it had all those features that make a good, old-time-classic kids’ song.
It is relatively short so it doesn’t annoy parents, it has a catchy melody that gets stuck in your mind, it is based on repetition, its choreography includes simple motions, and it has a colorful video to go with it.
Given all the above, while it also had the power of YouTube to back it up and promote it, “Baby Shark” soon became a classic. And, four years after it was first uploaded on YouTube, it is a children’s favorite.
So, when this toddler realized Alexa can do stuff for you without you even bothering, she decided to have her play her favorite song. But she had no idea how hard this would be.
The little girl who is wearing a cute, yellow coat, goes close to the robot and says: “Alexa, play Baby shark”. Unlike what the toddler expected, Alexa doesn’t understand the instructions. Instead, “she” thinks she is supposed to play “Baby Chair”.
At that point, the girl starts getting frustrated and she repeats: “Alexa! Alexa, play ‘Baby Shark'”. She actually has to repeat that twice, since at first she doesn’t get any answer from Alexa.
Unfortunately, the virtual assistant still doesn’t understand what the toddler says. In fact, she replies: “‘Sure, Baby, hold back’ by ‘Say anything’ on Amazon music.” Obviously, that was not what the little girl asked for.
When the melody of that song starts playing, the toddler gets more annoyed and she repeats, in an angry voice, that she wants Alexa to play “Baby Shark”.
As you might have guessed, still that try is in vain. Alexa does indeed play the song, but not the original version. What we hear is a remix instead. And the cute toddler sure doesn’t want to hear that.
At that point, and seeing that the interaction between toddler and Alexa is not fruitful, the girl’s mom steps in and asks Alexa to play “Baby Shark”. Indeed, the machine then plays the original song and the toddler’s face immediately lightens up! She then starts dancing to the music and doing the actions the song dictates.
You can watch the funny interaction and the toddler’s reactions in the video below.
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