Amazon Alexa laughs Witch like

Amazon acknowledges Alexa has developed a random, creepy laugh

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.

"We're aware of this and working to fix it", an Amazon representative said.

Some people took to social media to claim that the laughter happened when they asked Alexa to play music or turn off the lights. "Every time Alexa laughs, an angel dies", entrepreneur and innovator Elon Musk joked in a Twitter exchange on the development.

The unsettling stories of seemingly self-aware machines have been slowly filling the Amazon Echo subreddit, populating Twitter, and creeping everyone out along the way. Sorry. Amazon's voice-activated "personal assistant" Alexa has been unexpectedly laughing for no apparent reason.

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I am not sure how comforting it is to know that Amazon was completely unaware of this problem until several people started tweeting their experiences and noting just how damn creepy it is.

Another person heard the giggle at night: "Lying in bed about to fall asleep when Alexa on my Amazon Echo Dot lets out a very loud and creepy laugh", he said. What they will be working on now is to change the command to something longer like, "Alexa, can you laugh?" to avoid these accidental, random cackles.

February 26, 2018Having an office conversation about pretty confidential stuff and Alexa just laughed.

Another Reddit user said that Alexa's laugh "scared the wife and my 5-year-old so badly that we unplugged her" (Alexa, not the 5-year-old, presumably). As such, it is changing, the command to "Alexa, can you laugh?" and disabling the phrase "Alexa, laugh".

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