Amazon's Alexa is randomly laughing at people
Is Alexa laughing at you?
In the past few days, some users of Echo home speakers running Amazon's Alexa voice-based digital assistant have reported hearing strange laughing noises at random. Some people have said the laughter happened in response to unrelated commands, while others reported that it occurred unprompted.
It's not clear what is causing the bug, but Alexa is indeed programmed to laugh if specifically asked to do so. An Amazon representative confirmed the problem and said the Seattle-based company is working on a remedy.
"We're aware of this and working to fix it," Amazon said.
In the meantime, users continue to swap laughing Alexa stories as though telling ghost stories at a campfire. Some have jumped on the widespread discussion to also report Alexa randomly whistling, reciting strange facts or otherwise acting erratically.
"I was trying to turn off some lights and they kept turning back on," wrote one user on Reddit.
"After the third request, Alexa stopped responding and instead did an evil laugh. The laugh wasn’t in the Alexa voice. It sounded like a real person."
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
Mine whistled up stairs in my bedroom. No one's home besides me and my dogs. And my upstairs dog, I call her that because 1 dog stays downstairs at night to sleep on the couch lol. The other comes to bed at night with us. Alexa is in the trash, I thought I was losing my mind.— The Nasty End Game (@Supermom1242) March 7, 2018
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.— taylor wade (@taylorkatelynne) March 5, 2018
we unplugged her.
Me: dead silent— Kaitlin Monte FOX26 (@kaitlinmonte) March 2, 2018
Alexa, unprompted: “what’s that massive fireball streaking across the sky” ☄️ pic.twitter.com/ILiBzjNVTd
Amazon didn't say when the fix would be deployed, but Amazon can push updates to the voice service automatically.
Bloomberg, with Fairfax Media