Amazon Echo users are reporting that Alexa, the virtual personal assistant that comes with several devices in the Echo line, sometimes begins to break into an unprompted fit of laughter - occasionally doing so at inappropriate times. The company did not elaborate on what was causing the laugh or how widespread it is.
"I thought a kid was laughing behind me", the tweet reads.
In a statement, Amazon said: "In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh'". Creepy much? To eliminate false responses (and obnoxious laughing keeping you up at night) Amazon has changed the phrase required to make Alexa laugh to "Alexa, can you laugh".
People will now be able to ask Alexa for music tracks or playlists based on time passed, like "Play that playlist I played last Sunday", or "Play that workout music I listened to three weeks ago", or "Play something I haven't heard in awhile". Anybody else ever have that? The response of Alexa will also be changed from simply laughing to first saying "Sure, I can laugh" followed by the laughter.
How about we just stop making trying to make her laugh? "She didn't even say anything, just laughed, we unplugged her".
"Lying in bed about to fall asleep when Alexa on my Amazon Echo Dot lets out a very loud and creepy laugh... there's a good chance I get murdered tonight", an apparently frightened user shared. "It was really creepy".
"We got home and, totally unprompted, our Amazon Echo/Alexa started talking", one Alexa owner shared. "And then I realized it was listing off local cemeteries and funeral homes???" According to The Verge, Amazon says they are "aware of this and working to fix it". Others have claimed Alexa has stopped responding to requests.
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