Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

People are freaking out over Alexa's creepy, spontaneous laughter

People are freaking out over Alexa's creepy, spontaneous laughter

If you own an Amazon Alexa-toting speaker and you've heard random laughs in your house, you (probably) don't have any reason to worry. (The idea that an electronic device would even have a laugh is frightening in and of itself.) There is, of course, only one explanation: Alexa is alive, and she's coming for you.

For weeks, users of Amazon's digital assistant, Alexa, have reported versions of the same unsettling event: being startled as they went about their day by Alexa letting out an eerie laugh.

As you might expect, Amazon is working on a fix for this odd technical issue, which has been viewed by the general public as everything from merely unusual - and maybe a bit amusing - to "creepy", disturbing, and a sign that the robots will eventually come for us all.

Another Twitter video, posted by user @annielbonannieTN, shows Alexa producing the laughter from the default Amazon Echo speaker.

The program activates by saying the word "Alexa" then a command like "play music".

Our question is this: why does Alexa need to laugh at all?

"We got home and, totally unprompted, our Amazon Echo/Alexa started talking".

I'm pretty sure I've heard that laugh in Ghost Adventures when they are able to record that voice.

How would you feel if you Amazon Echo device would laugh like a manic in the dead of night?

The company intends to fix the problem by changing the wake phrase to a less-demanding "Alexa, can you laugh?" which it claims will result in less false positives.

But over the past month several people have reported unusual occurrences of Alexa laughing at them for no reason. Amazon told AFP it looked into what was going on and found that sometimes Alexa mistakenly registers the phrase "Alexa laugh" and obeys.

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