In the world of tech, there’s an oft-forgotten rule: just because we can do something, it doesn’t mean we necessarily should.

And that’s where the good people at Amazon come in. At a recent event in the US, the home-delivered oddity behemoth unveiled a new feature that it plans to roll out for its In-Home Always-On Consumer Surveillance Creepy Bezos Bot, Alexa.

The new development promises that, if you give Alexa a couple of minutes’ worth of someone’s voice, Alexa will be able to talk just like that voice whenever it communicates with you. Neato.

Say you have a recording of your long-dead grandmother, and you’d like her to read you a Harry Potter book until you fall asleep? Alexa will – hauntingly – be able to do it.

How about your ex-girlfriend, who you miss like a severed limb and wish you could just hear her talk one more time, without her saying stuff like “Why are you in my house?” and “Are those my pyjamas you’re wearing”?

Yup – Alexa’s got you sorted there, too.

Look, we get it. It’s a lovely idea, but it’s just the wrong side of weird, and headed rapidly for unwholesome. But Alexa’s got form when it comes to behaving oddly, as this “don’t click this if you’re not cool with a few rude words” video shows.

Amazon is not the first company that has tried to humanise its tech to make it more acceptable for consumers to use.

Microsoft had a crack at it back in the day, when it created Bob – its hilariously terrible attempt to create Microsoft Windows for Dummies, but for dummies who are demonstrably thicker than pig poop.

And Microsoft’s more recent attempt to build something relatable using AI, called Tay, had to be pulled offline twice, after becoming horribly racist and sexist, and then becoming obsessed with drugs and suffering an electronic existential crisis.

And on top of that, disaster, is news that one of the most widely-accepted and implemented AI models used in robot development is fundamentally racist and sexist. 

Anyway, it’s always a great day when we get to break the emergency glass and mash the “Has Technology Gone Too Far?” headline alarm in the newsroom. And we look forward to a lengthy and voluble haranguing from Amazon for making fun of their inadvertently horrifying new feature.

It will no doubt be delivered via Alexa in the voice of Adolf Hitler, because if you didn’t see that coming already, our new book The Cesspit we call The Internet, for Dummies is available now.

On Amazon.



Australian markets have opened with a yawn and a stretch this morning, before pulling on some track pants and fluffy slippers and deciding that today might be a good one to spend on the couch.

Across the sectors and most of the needles are resting comfortably in the nominal parts of the dial – the only real standout is an Energy surge, continuing yesterday’s run to push the sector more than 3.0% higher since breakfast.

The Big Four Banks slid in morning trade ahead of the expected rate hike from the Reserve Bank today, which will be announced once the RBA crew are done consuming their taxpayer-funded champagne-soaked lobster canapes and get down to talking turkey.

Among the fat-wallet stocks to win this morning has been… Sayona Mining (ASX:SYA), which lurched nearly 7.0% higher on news that director David Lynch (not that one – the mining one) has acquired a bunch of company shares.

Also on the rise today was Regis Resources (ASX:RRL), after news of a record June quarter which took the company’s annual gold production to 437,000oz.

This made people happy, and happy people buy shares, and when people buy shares, the price goes up – in this case, up by 10.5% (and climbing) as we steam towards sammich o’clock.

June, as it turns out, was a pretty solid month for a number of Aussie diggers and explorers – and here’s a handy wrap-up from our resident smartypants Reuben, because we don’t have space to talk about it all here.

Leading the losses in the Bigger-than-a-Billion club was med-tech outfit Imugene (ASX:IMU), which had enjoyed a lift when Dr Sharon Yavrom come on board as executive director/clinical scientist a week ago, but has see-sawed rather than yee-hawed since then, dropping 3.0% today.



Looking overseas, and Wall Street was closed yesterday to celebrate 243 years since the US swapped its dependence on England for a dependence on even worse food.

European markets were mixed overnight with pan-European STOXX 600 rising by 0.5%, the FTSE-100 up by 0.90%, and the German Dax falling by 0.30%.

Stockhead’s own Eddy Sunarto says that European investors will be closely watching the minutes of the ECB’s June meeting on Thursday, which could provide clues to the central bank’s train of thought in raising rates to control runaway inflation.

Asian markets have sizzled like garlic prawns on a cast iron griddle so far today, with Hong Kong (+0.98%) and Japan (0.94%) duking it out for the regional title, as Shanghai cheered from the sidelines with a supportive 0.25% gain.

In commodities, both oil (+2.13%) and natural gas (+1.75%) have been gushing and rushing this morning, with gold (+0.53%) and silver (+1.75%) putting the precious in “precious metals”. Copper, however, has weakened, dropping 0.44%.



Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for July 5 [intraday]:

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Code Company Last % Market Cap
IOU Ioupay Limited 0.098 56% $34,902,760
AL3 Aml3D 0.1 54% $9,779,795
AMS Atomos 0.325 44% $50,029,107
OSX Osteopore Limited 0.2 43% $16,417,553
FG1 Flynn Gold 0.14 40% $6,406,105
CBE Cobre 0.033 27% $4,300,582
KGD Kula Gold Limited 0.029 26% $4,949,040
GGX Gas2Grid Limited 0.0025 25% $8,116,204
SIH Sihayo Gold Limited 0.0025 25% $12,204,256
SPX Spenda Limited 0.01 25% $25,453,294
ECT Env Clean Tech Ltd. 0.016 23% $22,311,272
PUA Peak Minerals Ltd 0.011 22% $9,372,337
IBX Imagion Biosys Ltd 0.042 20% $39,242,649
BCC Beam Communications 0.24 20% $17,284,384
BPP Babylon Pump & Power 0.006 20% $8,065,208
XST Xstate Resources 0.003 20% $8,037,954
OCN Oceana Lithium 0.37 19% $10,392,750
SPA Spacetalk Ltd 0.075 19% $13,709,162
PLG Pearl Gull Iron 0.047 18% $2,196,092
LDX Lumos Diagnostics 0.175 17% $31,485,967
GTG Genetic Technologies 0.0035 17% $27,701,895
MCT Metalicity Limited 0.0035 17% $10,375,180
NAE New Age Exploration 0.007 17% $8,615,393
PRX Prodigy Gold NL 0.014 17% $6,991,531
VKA Viking Mines Ltd 0.007 17% $6,151,551
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In the featherweight division this morning, the standout performer has been IOUPay (ASX:IOU), which went berserk in early trade – to the tune of 55% – before an extremely succinct trading halt request brought the run to a halt 10.30am, after a speeding ticket was issued by the Making Money Police.

Video tech company Atomos (ASX:AMS) delivered a record sales result – unaudited revenue in excess of $82m for FY22 — and investors showed their appreciation by sending its price up close to 45%.

Osteopore (ASX:OSX) has continued its meteoric rise of recent times, porking up by more than 40.0% as it continues to grow its presence in vital overseas markets.

And a cranking find by PolarX (ASX:PXX) of 9.1m at a lip-smacking 124g/t gold from just 24m gave its price a lift through 18% before settling under 10% this morning.



Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for July 5 [intraday]:

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Code Company Price % Market Cap
SVY Stavely Minerals Ltd 0.16 -20% $52,192,290
WTN Winton Land 2.8 -18% $1,017,385,114
AOA Ausmon Resorces 0.005 -17% $5,143,736
BAT Battery Minerals Ltd 0.005 -17% $17,426,839
MRD Mount Ridley Mines 0.005 -17% $35,142,171
ID8 Identitii Limited 0.048 -14% $11,245,356
ILA Island Pharma 0.125 -14% $6,270,718
RD1 Registry Direct 0.014 -13% $6,688,710
GFN Gefen Int 0.105 -13% $7,330,904
AWV Anova Metals Ltd 0.008 -11% $13,482,848
LCT Living Cell Tech. 0.008 -11% $11,568,274
OAR OAR Resources Ltd 0.004 -11% $9,695,541
RIM Rimfire Pacific 0.008 -11% $16,256,203
GME GME Resources Ltd 0.082 -11% $54,647,150
LRD Lord Resources 0.215 -10% $7,628,309
GRL Godolphin Resources 0.089 -10% $8,330,622
AYA Artrya Limited 0.63 -10% $43,845,984
SBR Sabre Resources 0.0045 -10% $13,948,655
CD3 Cd Private Equityiii 1.5 -10% $119,567,177
MMM Marley Spoon 0.19 -10% $61,311,180
WEC White Energy Company 0.01 -9% $8,519,266
DLM Dominion Minerals 0.05 -9% $11,390,528
COD Coda Minerals Ltd 0.3 -9% $39,012,674
FLX Felix Group 0.15 -9% $21,909,323
1VG Victory Goldfields 0.105 -9% $4,422,687
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