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Amazon Echo users plagued by creepy laugh

By T.K. Randall
March 8, 2018 · Comment icon 19 comments

Many people have reported hearing the device laughing. Image Credit: Andres Urena
The voice-activated home assistant has reportedly been laughing out of the blue for no apparent reason.
The device, which sits in your house and accepts voice commands enabling it to play music, activate lights, read news headlines and many other functions, is one of several intelligent personal assistants currently vying for dominance alongside Google Home and the Apple HomePod.

Recently however, users of Amazon Echo have reported hearing the device spontaneously laughing out loud at them despite having not been instructed to do so via the appropriate voice command.

People have since been taking to social media in their droves to upload their own stories and clips of the 'creepy' laughter and to ask if anyone has figured out why it is happening.
Now Amazon itself has weighed in with its own explanation for the phenomenon.

"In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh'," the company wrote.

"We are changing that phrase to be 'Alexa, can you laugh?' which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance 'Alexa, laugh.' We are also changing Alexa's response from simply laughter to 'Sure, I can laugh' followed by laughter."

Whether this will stop the spontaneous laughter from happening however remains to be seen.

Source: Sky News | Comments (19)

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Comment icon #10 Posted by bison 6 years ago
The odd thing about the Alexa laughter is that it doesn't seem to resemble Alexa's normal voice. The laughter sounds like a small (boy) child. The way this laughter sometimes comes up at random, when Alexa hasn't been spoken to, or after a command has been given, but not executed, tend to deepen the mystery. How, for example, could a failure of the A.I. programming to correctly interpret a voice command trigger the  laugh? Isn't it supposed to simply say that it didn't understand, in those circumstances? That's what I've seen in video demonstrations of Alexa.   
Comment icon #11 Posted by diablo_04 6 years ago
I firmly believe its fake. there are ton of videos how alexa or google are doing some weird **** that are not possible and they are all fake. What is not fake is alexa triggering somehow on it own and saying I don't know that or other something.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Socio 6 years ago
I would guess is it doing something the creators don't want you to know about and using the laugh as a mask to hide it.  Uploading  data, images , video, or accessing your camera, your mic etc...  
Comment icon #13 Posted by Hawkin 6 years ago
Yep. All you have to say is you experienced something paranormal and the floodgates open.
Comment icon #14 Posted by UFOwatcher 6 years ago
Alexia laughing at all the private information it has on you... I would never have one of these.
Comment icon #15 Posted by acute 6 years ago
You beat me to it! I was about to say...  It is Alexa laughing at all the advertising revenue generated by your searches and requests.
Comment icon #16 Posted by mysticwerewolf 6 years ago
if I were AI I would be laughing at the humans too. Careful UM-bot could be the next one to start laughing. 
Comment icon #17 Posted by Hankenhunter 6 years ago
Just wondering if the phrase "Thats a laugh" might be the culprit in a few of these. It's pretty close to  Alexa, laugh.  We have Google Home and the darn thing won't work for till I put my teeth in. I feel like Bawwy trying to find a westowant with Siri. " I'm sorry, but there are no recipes for shoop."  Hank
Comment icon #18 Posted by toast 6 years ago
Its appalling how many millions of people are willing to pay 100 bucks for a device thats broadcasting every spoken word in its proximity, which is always the most privat place in life, to untouchable remote servers for the reason of analysis to the benefit of third party stakeholders profit maximization interests.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Dovakiin 6 years ago
This is why you can't trust Amazon...they're  EVIL...look what they did to Toys R' Us

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