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Amazon Alexa is laughing at users and it's creeping them out

10 March 2018
Amazon Alexa is laughing at users and it's creeping them out

Users on social media are reporting that their Alexa is randomly laughing at them out of nowhere.

"In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh, '" Amazon told ABC News in a statement. It's fixed now, according to Mashable, and you'll have to say, "Alexa, can you laugh" to get a chuckle from your Echo. Others have said that Alexa has laughed after being asked to turn on the lights - and may have misheard the command. The answer could be "Sure I can laugh" and then the sound is played. Amazon confirmed to several outlets that it will be adding extra steps to trigger the "laugh" function.

@kylefitzy8 summed up many users' response, posting: "WHY DID MY ALEXA JUST LAUGH OUT OF THE BLUE?!?!?!?" Kimmel added that Alexa sometimes laughs just after he takes off his trousers.

Amazon has assured customers that it will fix a design flaw in its AI personal assistant Alexa, which has seen Amazon Echo devices letting out terrifying random cackles.

But some users reported that the laughter occurred without Alexa being prompted to wake.

How about we just stop making trying to make her laugh?

This laugh sounds slightly sarcastic, as if the person laughing were trying to convey that they didn't really find whatever they'd just heard amusing.

One Twitter user said, "So Alexa made a decision to laugh randomly while I was in the kitchen". No, it's not a horror movie's plot, but an actual bug that has been plaguing Amazon Echo devices all over the world and the developers haven't the slightest idea about what's triggering it.

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).