Alexa laughing: Amazon fixing gadgets to stop 'creepy' sounds

Yolanda Curtis
March 9, 2018

During the past couple of weeks, some people have heard Alexa randomly start laughing at nothing at all, without being prompted. Owners of smart devices that run Amazon's Alexa have been complaining that their speakers will suddenly emit an eerie laugh, even if they have not asked it to do so.

Another Twitter user said that when he heard Alexa laugh unexpectedly he at first thought there was a child standing behind him.

Amazon has said the company is now "working to fix the problem." responding to requests for comment. Instead users will have to resort to asking, "Alexa, can you laugh?"

The phrase "Alexa, laugh" has been disabled as a trigger.

While voice assistants like Alexa have been welcomed into many homes as fun, family-friendly technology, some people are still unsettled by them.

"I unplugged Alexa and she's still laughing", one Twitter user quipped.

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How about we just stop making trying to make her laugh?

Amazon recently said that it has launched a fix and explanation for Alexa's laughter.

"We are also changing Alexa's response from simply laughter to "Sure, I can laugh" followed by laughter", the statement added. One explanation is that this is a prank being played by an Amazon employee, or in a more serious tone, a hacking attack that has not yet been properly identified.

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