Amazon's Alexa has been creepily laughing in the night

Amazon Alexa Now Supports Deezer and ‘Never-Ending’ Personal Playlists
     
     
              Mar 6 2018

Amazon Alexa Now Supports Deezer and ‘Never-Ending’ Personal Playlists Mar 6 2018

Recent reports detail a quirky bug that has Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa laughing for no apparent reason, scaring the daylights out of unsuspecting users.

Amazon responded to requests for comment by saying that the company was aware of the issue and is now "working to fix it".

"Alexa but please don't try to kill me in my sleep", another user said in a post on Twitter, after her Echo device began laughing unprompted.

Amazon acknowledged on Wednesday that some of its Alexa-enabled devices have developed a new skill: creeping out their owners with unexpected and unwarranted bursts of robotic laughter.

"WHY DID MY ALEXA JUST LAUGH OUT OF THE BLUE?!?!?!?" wrote one user on Twitter.

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The robot wars are coming, and Alexa will have the last laugh.

Alexa's laugh isn't the only thing that's freaking out users. Amazon is hasn't responded but is apparently collecting data. In fact, some people say they thought someone was in their home when Alexa laughed. If this had happened to me when I was home alone, I would have pissed my trousers.

Though third-party devices work with Alexa, the laughter issue seems to be limited to the Echo and the smaller Echo Dot.

The Echo works by constantly listening for the "wake word" - either "Alexa" or "Amazon" by default - and then records your voice and transfers it to a processor for analysis so that it can fulfil requests or answer questions. You can even access Deezer's Flow feature through Alexa which will play music continuously until you ask Alexa to stop, which is flawless if you're in the mood for music all day and night.

Ars has reached out to Amazon for further comment.

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