Amazon promises to fix Alexa's creepy random laughter

Cesar Mills
March 9, 2018

Amazon has promised to fix a glitch in its intelligent personal assistant Alexa following reports the device randomly laughs at users.

And, Alexa is being modified to say "Sure, I can laugh", before cackling. Amazon promised at the time that it was working on a fix and it didn't waste any time fixing the weird fits of laughter Alexa was experiencing. Amazon sold about 11 million Echo devices containing Alexa by the end of 2016.

Twitterers are claiming that Alexa, the name of Amazon's voice-activated assistant, suddenly wakes up and reads out listings of local burial spots.

Amazon told AFP it looked into what was going on and found that sometimes Alexa mistakenly registers the phrase "Alexa laugh" and obeys. Last week, we released an article covering NoCable's newest contribution to the Alexa system called "The Amazon NoCable Alexa Skill".

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One man said: "I thought it was so creepy. We had the dot laugh several times and it wasn't the laugh Alexa produces, but definitely sounded like a canned laugh, not like someone laughing live". Others have said Alexa has laughed after being asked to turn on the lights - and might have misheard the command. The developers declared that Alexa might have acted that way because she might have heard something resembling her laughing command.

Amazon first responded to the creepiness with a statement saying that the company is "aware of this and working to fix it".

So far, we don't believe anyone has gotten rid of their Alexa-enabled devices as a result.

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