Amazon's Alexa letting Out Eerie Laugh

Amazon's Alexa letting Out Eerie Laugh

While Amazon has already said it's working on a fix for the problem, it's revealed exactly what's causing the virtual assistant to fire out that creepy laugh.

Owners of Amazon Echo devices with the voice-enabled assistant had reported hearing them laugh at unexpected moments, with some calling the sound "really creepy". "I thought a kid was laughing behind me". Once the blue light fades, Alexa is officially back into sleep mode and must be woken up with a phrase like "Hey, Alexa" or whatever you've set your custom wake word or phrase to.

As many people were terrified to find out, Amazon's Alexa can laugh and she's been laughing for no good reason. "In rare circumstances, the voice assistant can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh, ' which under its normal programming would trigger it to chuckle". Amazon says Alexa will only respond to a follow-up commands if she's "confident" that it is a legitimate request and not just background noise.

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Like Apple's Siri, Alexa is a responsive digital assistant built into several Amazon devices. Some people have said the laughter happened in response to unrelated commands, while others reported that it occurred unprompted. It didn't chime as if we had accidentally triggered her to wake.

The random laugh is different from the "tee-hee" laugh Alexa gives when asked if it can laugh.

The company noted that it also intends to change Alexa's response from simply laughter to a notification saying it's going to laugh, followed by laughter.

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