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08 March 2018, 11:21 | Jodi Jackson
Amazon promises to fix Alexa's creepy random laughter
Moreover, people are saying that the laugh they're hearing isn't in Alexa's usual voice, which makes the experience even creepier.
"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.'" Amazonsaid". One Alexa user shared a video of a laugh that occurred while they were in the kitchen saying, "So Alexa chose to laugh randomly while I was in the kitchen".
After the video spread across the internet, Amazon issued a statement in which it called the problem a "technical glitch" that it fixed, so that Alexa would reply that she works for Amazon when asked about her ties to the Central Intelligence Agency.
Amazon is reportedly working to cure the weird fits of laughter that overcome its personal assistant Alexa and creep out users. The laugh wasn't in the Alexa voice. What they will be working on now is to change the command to something longer like, "Alexa, can you laugh?" to avoid these accidental, random cackles.
Like Apple's Siri, Alexa is a responsive digital assistant built into several Amazon devices.
Alexa's laugh isn't the only thing that's freaking out users.
One Twitter user said their Amazon Echo suddenly began listing names of local funeral homes and cemeteries, also unprompted. Rather than simply laughing, Alexa will say, "Sure, I can laugh" before it would emulate a laugh. Twitter user @CaptHandlebar said the JBL Bluetooth speaker seen in the video is paired with Amazon's Echo Dot.
Welp, guess that's one command we will never, ever say.
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