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New Delhi:Delhi-based Prasanto K. Roy, vice-president, Nasscom, owns an Amazon Echo. He recently asked Alexa to play Rabindra Sangeet. It played the National Anthem (also written by Rabindranath Tagore). “It was struggling to recognise commands perhaps because of different voices that were all speaking together," he recalled. An exasperated Roy said: “Alexa, you’re an Idiot!" to which Alexa responded by asking Roy if he wanted to buy Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Idiot. Despite a “No" from Roy, Alexa placed the order since Roy’s Amazon Pay account was linked to the Alexa account by default—with no PIN or password. Roy is now saddled with a book he does not need—thanks to Alexa.