What’s so darn funny, Alexa ?

Users report random burst of ‘creepy’ laughter

By Julia Carrie Wong | The Guardian

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

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.

“We’re aware of this and working to fix it,” the company told The Verge Wednesday.

People began reporting the problem with their “smart” speakers on social media in recent weeks. “So my mom & I are just sitting in the living room, neither of us said a word & our Alexa lit up and laughed for no reason,”

tweeted one woman, Taylor Wade, on 5 March. “She didn’t even say anything, just laughed.”

Another Twitter user reported that Alexa began laughing in the middle of an office conversation: “I asked why she laughed and she said, ‘Sorry, I am not sure.’”

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