Amazon has brought Alexa calls and messaging to tablets

Pablo Tucker
March 12, 2018

Amazon has since recognized the issue and promised to work on a fix.

Amazon's digital assistant, Alexa, who, thanks to her artificial intelligence, answers questions and receives orders from users, shows unusual symptoms - which refer to parapsychological thrillers - as she suddenly starts without a reason to laugh in a frightening way it can freeze the blood.

Since then the phenomenon has been reported by a number of other users.

The have been widespread reports that Amazon Alexa has been freaking users out by giving a creepy laugh at unexpected moments and even reading out the names of funeral homes.

The company said it would change the command to "Alexa, can you laugh?"

A representative of Amazon explained: "In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh.' 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'".

The robot wars are coming, and Alexa will have the last laugh. You can't, for instance, say "Alexa, turn off the lights and set the thermostat to 68".

Apart from the unsolicited laughs, some users also shared their experiences of when Alexa refused to do tasks they had requested.

After purchasing an Amazon Alexa-enabled device, you may have found yourself saying the wake word "Alexa" more times in a given day than you're comfortable with.

Google and Amazon are the two biggest players in the smart speaker market, and the two are constantly battling it out to deliver the best features before one another.

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