Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Amazon says Alexa has not become self-aware following unprompted laughing

Amazon says Alexa has not become self-aware following unprompted laughing

Amazon Echo Dot 2, Alexa Voice Service activated recognition system.

Amazon went on to tell Buzzfeed that it is changing the "Alexa, laugh" command to "Alexa, can you laugh?" which is apparently less likely to have false positives.

Amazon gave a statement to The Verge earlier this week acknowledging the problem and confirming that they are now working on a fix for it.

And then there was the guy who tried to get Alexa to answer just why she was laughing at people.

People on Twitter and Reddit had reported that Alexa, the voice of the company's Echo devices, had started laughing spontaneously, creeping some out. "It didn't chime as if we had accidentally triggered her to wake".

"In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh, '" Amazon said. "It was really creepy".


The Daily Mail first reported a number of users complaining of odd sounds and actions being performed by their Amazon Alexa devices.

The tweet was liked by nearly 13,000 people and retweeted just under 3,000 times, even though its claims are probably untrue.

The short laugh that users recorded and posted on Twitter consisted of three closely-spaced "ha-ha ha's".

Welp, guess that's one command we will never, ever say. Rather than simply laughing, Alexa will say, "Sure, I can laugh" before it would emulate a laugh.

Amazon said in a statement that the outbursts are because of its smart speakers hearing accidental orders.

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