Amazon responded to requests for comment by saying that the company was aware of the issue and is now "working to fix it".
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.More news: Notification out for Rajya Sabha polls for 3 seats in Odisha
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.
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.