• Damien Lane

Amazon Alexa devices have started randomly laughing

The Amazon Alexa Echo, a virtual personal assistant, has been recorded by people turning on and laughing for no reason, and it is creeping people out. The device itself is from Amazon for around $50 with a guide of how to set it up. The Alexa owners have taken to social media, sharing their videos of Alexa laughing. The laughing has only happened in a handful of cases over the past couple of months, and some of the posts on social media of the laughter is out of horror movies. It is similar to childlike laughter.

The laughter would start when Alexa would not respond to requests. It would not stop on command, and people had to unplug the device to get it to stop.

A owner of the Alexa told her story on Twitter saying, "So Alexa decided to laugh randomly while I was in the kitchen. Freaked me out. I thought a kid was laughing behind me." The Verge, creator of Alexa, is aware of the problem "and working to fix it." The Verge has said that the problem is coming from the last update sent out. The problem should be fixed in a short amount of time before people start wanting to get back their money for their Alexa.

"In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh,'" Nate Michel, a spokesman for Amazon, wrote in an email. "We are changing that phrase to be 'Alexa, can you laugh?' which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance 'Alexa, laugh.' We are also changing Alexa’s response from simply laughter to 'Sure, I can laugh' followed by laughter."