Triggered: Google Super Bowl Commercial Sends Google Home AI Assistants Into A Tizzy
You can always count on Super Bowl commercials causing a few laughs (along with some uncomfortable moments) and Super Bowl LI over the weekend was no exception, though not all of the giggles were as intended. One of the came when Google ran an ad for its voice-activated AI speaker called Google Home. The 60-second ad spot featured several demos, which amusingly caused Google Home speakers in the wild to respond.
About 16 seconds into the ad, an actress opens the door to her home and exclaims, "Okay Google, turn on the hall lights." It was one of half a dozen times the words "Okay Google" were spoken during the commercial, each one followed by a specific command. Google was attempting to demonstrate how useful its AI speaker can be, but in doing so it caught the attention of Google Home speakers in homes.
The Google Home commercial turned on my Google Home. She's the only person in my house who listens to me.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) February 5, 2017
That @Google home trailer made my google home have a meltdown.— Jared Feldman (@jfeldman452) February 5, 2017
This is not the first time something like this has happened and it likely will not be the last.Just last month, a commercial for Amazon's Echo device was heard by Alexa-enabled devices at home.