Alexa devices are randomly laughing at people and it's freaking people out

Gwen Vasquez
March 8, 2018

According to a new piece by The Verge, Amazon is now working to fix a bug with its Alexa-enabled devices that has caused them to creepily laugh, completely unprompted.

Amazon responded to requests for comment by saying that the company was aware of the issue and is now "working to fix it".

"Alexa but please don't try to kill me in my sleep", another user said in a post on Twitter, after her Echo device began laughing unprompted.

The Echo is alleged to be a time-saving device, with users able to give Alexa commands such as telling it to give them the current weather, play a song, or deliver the news. When asked, "Alexa, how do you laugh?" my Echo replied, "Sure, I can laugh-tee hee!" Some people said that they thought it was an actual person laughing in their home, which can undoubtedly be scary if they were home alone.

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In this another step towards our imminent demise?

Last week, Amazon's Alexa service temporarily stopped working-the result of a temporary but significant outage that knocked Amazon Web Services offline.

"There's a good chance I get murdered tonight". They should have saved this "Alexa laugh" for Halloween.

One user suggested the issue likely stemmed from a misheard command or conversation that Alexa interpreted as a command. Users can simply say, "Alexa, play Flow", to launch the personalized playlist. Others unplugged their devices rather than risk hearing the laugh again.

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