Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Amazon's Alexa randomly laughs at users -- it's super creepy

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Cecil Davis | 08 March, 2018, 23:23

To remove the "creepy" factor, Amazon said in a statement that Alexa will now say, "Sure, I can laugh' which will then be followed by laughter". The laugh doesn't seem to be triggered by anything, and it sounds creepy.

Amazon recently told Buzzfeed News that, "In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh.'" The Buzzfeed report has collected a number of instances in which users have reported hearing the laughter. In response, Amazon is disabling the the command, "Alexa, laugh".

Plenty of Echo and Echo Dot owners have been complaining that Alexa has been randomly laughing at them without them prompting her to do so. Anybody else ever have that?

After the video spread across the internet, Amazon issued a statement in which it called the problem a "technical glitch" that it fixed, so that Alexa would reply that she works for Amazon when asked about her ties to the Central Intelligence Agency.

"We are changing that phrase to be 'Alexa, can you laugh?' which is less likely to have false positives", an Amazon spokesperson said. You can also ask for genres, but you can get even more general than that by asking Alexa to just play something you haven't heard lately.

"Amazon Alexa laughs spontaneously, refuses to turn off the lights and creeps out people". Some users say their AI has been rattling off creepier tidbits. Amazon did not say why the speaker would laugh when no one is talking. "I'd rather it laugh at me tbh".

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