Amazon has some explaining to do. This week it was confirmed that in rare circumstances, the voice assistant ‘Alexa’ can mistakenly hear the phrase ‘Alexa, laugh’. This is a simple explanation for something that has sent chills down the spines of many users. But is that really the truth? Many users aren’t taking any chances!
Several people who own Amazon’s Echo speakers have reported a strange bug: the Alexa voice assistant has been laughing for no reason.
Some users on Twitter and Reddit say the outbursts have been entirely spontaneous. Others have said that Alexa has laughed after being asked to turn on the lights – and may have misheard the command.
Twitter user @CaptHandlebar reported spontaneous laughter on February 22.
“So Alexa decided to laugh randomly while I was in the kitchen. Freaked @SnootyJuicer and I out. I thought a kid was laughing behind me.”
“Having an office conversation about pretty confidential stuff and Alexa just laughed,” Twitter user @DavidSvenwrote recently.
Said another Twitter user, @taylorkatelynne: “[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. she didn’t even say anything, just laughed. we unplugged her.”
Amazon is also changing Alexa’s response to that command: rather than have the assistant laugh right away, its cackling will be preceded by the sentence, “Sure, I can laugh.”
This is not the first problem Alexa has had. Some Echo users reported last week that the voice assistant was down for several hours, drawing comparisons to Amazon’s Super Bowl commercial, in which the assistant lost its voice.
It did not say how many people have been affected by the laughing bug, and Amazon did not comment on why the speaker would laugh when no one is talking..
Stay safe folks!