Alexa causes panic with creepy, spontaneous laughs

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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:

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:

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.

Alexa Amazon voice assistant
Amazon attributes the failure to that in exceptional situations, the smart speaker can understand that he has been ordered to laugh.

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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7 thoughts on “Alexa causes panic with creepy, spontaneous laughs

  • March 14, 2018 at 1:22 am
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    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.

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    • March 14, 2018 at 9:10 am
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      her laughing really scares me out LOL imagine listen at her at midnight

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      • March 15, 2018 at 1:02 am
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        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

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  • March 30, 2018 at 11:29 am
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    Wow, This is too much. With all the craziness going on, now this.

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  • April 3, 2018 at 4:04 pm
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    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!

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  • May 7, 2018 at 12:11 pm
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    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.

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  • May 17, 2018 at 12:45 am
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    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.

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