Amazon Echo Device Scares Users With Creepy Unprompted Laughing

This event shines a light on just how little control we have over our smart speakers

And it looks like the takeover is taking its first steps, because Amazon's Alexa-enabled devices are randomly and creepily laughing at us.

Several users of Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa are saying it won't obey commands and instead, will burst into an evil or witch-like laugh.

Amazon is aware of the problem and is now "working on a fix".

The Seattle-headquartered company on Wednesday confirmed the unusual error which made Alexa to hear the phrase "Alexa, laugh" in rare circumstances.

This is prompting Amazon to change the phrase to 'Alexa, can you laugh?' which is less likely to have false positives. Twitter user @CaptHandlebar said the JBL Bluetooth speaker seen in the video is paired with Amazon's Echo Dot.

How would you feel if you Amazon Echo device would laugh like a manic in the dead of night?

Reports of the unusual behavior by Amazon's AI-based speaker started towards the end of February some Echo owners reported that their devices appeared to start laughing for no reason.

Alexa's laugh isn't the only thing that's freaking out users. "We are also changing Alexa's response from simply laughter to 'Sure, I can laugh, ' followed by laughter", an Amazon spokesperson said. When Kimmel pressed for an answer, Alexa broke into peals of laughter, which she said was because of a amusing joke she just remembered.

The company is hoping innovative voice features will encourage people to adopt its music services over alternatives like Spotify and also Deezer, which gained full Alexa integration today.

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