Alexa causes panic with creepy, spontaneous laughs
Amazon’s voice assistant causes panic with creepy, spontaneous laughs
Like a chapter of Black Mirror Show or a new Terminator Movie, Alexa, Amazon’s Voice Assistant is scaring users and surprising the community.
Amazon is a recognized company that has sought to grow in various markets so that people like you and me are constantly using their services/devices. Now the thing is that its voice assistant, Alexa, seems to have a funny but serious problem to contain her spooky laughs:
So Alexa decided to laugh randomly while I was in the kitchen. Freaked @SnootyJuicer and I out. I thought a kid was laughing behind me. pic.twitter.com/6dblzkiQHp
— CaptHandlebar (@CaptHandlebar) 23 de febrero de 2018
The multinational of mogul Jeff Bezos has responded, to the complaints of users, that “we are aware of this and we are working to solve it,” in a statement.
Meanwhile, Alexa’s laugh seems to announce that the rebellion of the machines has begun – or something alike LOL.
Could this be an alert?
Should we listen to Elon Musk more closely?
The note is trending so even media such as Buzzfeed or the Dialy mail have reported that smart speakers have been activated on their own without any kind of interaction by users.
Only tetric laughter at any time of day:
Having an office conversation about pretty confidential stuff and Alexa just laughed. Anybody else ever have that?
It didn’t chime as if we had accidentally triggered her to wake. She simply just laughed. It was really creepy.
— David Woodland (@DavidSven) 1 de marzo de 2018
As you could hear in the Tweet the laughter of Alexa could indicate that the end is near. Several users claim that they have heard the laughter when they have tried to give a voice command.
Where is the solution?
There is obviously a logical explanation for this behavior. Amazon said in a statement that
“In exceptional circumstances, Alexa may mistakenly hear the phrase ‘Alexa, laugh,'” Amazon said.
To solve the problem, the company is disabling that command and changing the activation phrase to “Alexa, can you laugh?”
A more detailed theory explains that there can be a bug in the assistant reacting to various sounds not caused by the user’s voice, in which, the response format, when not recognizing the command, is transformed into a pre-programmed laugh on the device.
While we must wait for Amazon to solve this situation, we can laugh a little, with Jimmy Kimmel who has tried to unveil the mystery during an interview with Alexa:
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20 thoughts on “Alexa causes panic with creepy, spontaneous laughs”
Yea, I watched the YouTube video of the Echo laughing and was glad that didn’t happen to me! I’m kind of freaked anyway because I have some crazy people living around me so if I ever heard a strange random laugh coming from the other room I would have flown out the door leaving a trail of smoke like a cartoon character!! haha! It’s just so strange that it could have heard “laugh” from all those people in this short amount of time. I think someone that worked there in the AI dept did something to cause this. I would have if it was close to my last day..hehe.
her laughing really scares me out LOL imagine listen at her at midnight
OMG…Your right! I can’t imagine how freaked out I would be if I was asleep and woke up to that sound!! I would first be frozen stiff, not able to move thinking someone was being sadistic (like in a horror movie because that laugh is kind of creepy to me anyway)…I wouldn’t be able to sleep until I did a complete search of the house! haha
Wow, This is too much. With all the craziness going on, now this.
It was hard enough to convince my wife that Alexa wasn’t evil. If our echo started laughing at her for no reason…. Oh man!
I had the first Gen echo loved it
This would be a good product for super busy people.
This isn’t a product i would want due to privacy concerns.
I might mistake Alexa for my wife’s laugh. If not, I would ignore her, just as I do for my wife! (Until she yells…)
I do not have one and do not know if I want one now!!
Has anyone else’s Alexa been responding more when she isn’t even asked a question? I feel like our Echo is responding with nonsense answers a lot more lately.
Wow, that is so creepy! I do not own one, but that would definitely scare the crap out of me and has made me think twice about buying one.
My twins would probably keep trying over and over to get it to laugh more!
shhh… it’s listening.
Makes me think twice about getting one of these.
I’ve been wanting one of these but don’t know if I could handle the creepy laugh!
The Creepy laugh from Alexa is the reason to why i would want to buy one.. 😀
Probably intentional to generate controversy
Controversy = Fame = Sales
Creepy indeed, lots of fun times with alexa
Quite a feature that was put on this device.