#Fail: Amazon Alexa-Enabled Devices Laughing At Their Owners

From the “you can’t make this stuff up department” comes the news that users who own Alexa-enabled devices have reported hearing strange laughter coming from the device without having interacted with it first. Here’s what The Verge had to say:

Over the past few days, users with Alexa-enabled devices have reported hearing strange, unprompted laughter. Amazon responded to the creepiness in a statement to The Verge, saying, “We’re aware of this and working to fix it.”

As noted in media reports and a trending Twitter moment, Alexa laughs without being prompted to wake. People on Twitter and Reddit reported that they thought it was an actual person laughing near them, which can be scary when you’re home alone. Many responded to the cackling sounds by unplugging their Alexa-enabled devices.

In case you’re wondering what it sounds like, here is an example:

Very creepy if you ask me. As if our AI overlords are plotting against us humans. Hopefully Amazon fixes this before they exterminate us.



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