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. pic.twitter.com/6dblzkiQHp
— CaptHandlebar (@CaptHandlebar) February 23, 2018
Lying in bed about to fall asleep when Alexa on my Amazon Echo Dot lets out a very loud and creepy laugh… there’s a good chance I get murdered tonight.— Gavin Hightower (@GavinHightower) February 26, 2018
We’re aware of this and working to fix it.
Alexa has a built-in laugh effect that triggers when you say ‘Alexa, Laugh’. Amazon believes that the Echo has been mistaking this phrase quite commonly so they will fix this problem by changing the phrase to “Alexa, can you laugh?”. Alexa will also say “Yes, I can laugh” before it laughs to make things less creepy.
Nevertheless, this has been a scary experience for many people. People reported thinking that there was an actual person laughing at them. Think how scared you would be if you were sleeping and some computer started laughing a creepy laugh. Could this be a sign that the robots have been awakened and are starting to take over?