Amazon's Alexa randomly laughs at users and nobody knows why

Illustration by Alex Castro  The Verge

Illustration by Alex Castro The Verge

They reprogrammed the system to require Alexa to hear, "Can you laugh?"

Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant, has been busting out with a weird laugh at random intervals for some users, freaking them out.

As we mentioned yesterday, there were numerous reports of Alexa randomly laughing on Twitter. "Anybody else ever have that?" one Twitter user asked Thursday, March 1.

"Just brainstorming some blackmirror titles while Alexa laughs maniacally in the distance", a Netflix tweet said, alongside a picture of a book shop overlaid with The Bookstore That Enslaved Humanity. In a later statement, Amazon said the device can mistakenly hear the command, "Alexa, laugh". "It was really creepy".

"Amazon Alexa laughs spontaneously, refuses to turn off the lights and creeps out people". "She didn't even say anything, just laughed, we unplugged her".

When Breitbart News reached out to Amazon for an explanation of the error, an Amazon spokesperson stated: "We're aware of this and working to fix it".

Amazon went on to tell Buzzfeed that it is changing the "Alexa, laugh" command to "Alexa, can you laugh?" which is apparently less likely to have false positives. Some users say their AI has been rattling off creepier tidbits.

"We got home and, totally unprompted, our Amazon Echo/Alexa started talking". The online retailer uses it with its own Amazon Echo product line, and it's included with smart speakers from several different device makers.

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