You probably won't see many people throwing their Echos out in a panic, but it's going to take a while before Amazon can regain the trust of creeped-out device owners. As if that wasn't bizarre enough, Amazon also has a 'Laugh Box' skill, which lets users play different types of laughter, such as a 'baby laugh' or a 'sinister laugh. Others unplugged their devices rather than risk hearing the laugh again. We emailed back to ask if the company rep was actually a company rep and not Alexa posing as a rep to forward her evil plan. Of course, when voice assistants start acting on their own, it also raises concerns about what artificial intelligence might be capable of. I thought a kid was laughing behind me.
And as I'm explaining it, fucking Google Home says, 'If you need help with a second request, I can help you. Twitter user CaptHandlebar was one of the first to report experiencing this back on February 22nd: So Alexa decided to laugh randomly while I was in the kitchen. Whatever the cause, this isn't what Amazon needed. I can hear you, you know. If you ask Alexa how she laughs, she will demonstrate the sound on command. We always knew she was listening and remembering things in the background.
The reports of laughter prompted many other incidents of Alexa speaking up without any prompts, and they get creepier than just laughter. But it gets even more disturbing than that. In recent weeks, Echo owners have reported that their Amazon Echo devices have begun to laugh at random. Many responded to the cackling sounds by unplugging their Alexa-enabled devices. Well, they are — but these voices are, in fact, real: Amazon has confirmed that the device's virtual assistant known as Alexa has been laughing without users' intentional commands, and the company says it is working on a fix.
It's also not unheard of to have people talk to users through their Echo devices. While it's promising the company issued a fix, that probably isn't enough to comfort users who allegedly heard Alexa laughing without a sound or in the middle of the night. You can read the full statement below. The laugh wasn't in the Alexa voice. It didn't chime as if we had accidentally triggered her to wake. Or, perhaps you heard it over breakfast with your family in the kitchen, the sound rising unbidden from over your shoulder in a corner of the room you had thought — and now, desperately wish — to be empty.
First published March 7, 1:30 p. Make a direct contribution today. I always say, 'Hey Google, how long is this podcast? Getty Images Does Alexa have something diabolical in store for her human owners? So I found out something really creepy today. The company said it is disabling that phrase and changing it to a more complex command: 'Alexa, can you laugh? When does that Terminator sequel come out again? Alexa is programmed to laugh at jokes, but doesn't typically giggle at random times One user reportedly tried to turn the lights off in their home but Alexa repeatedly turned the lights back on, eventually uttering an 'evil laugh,' to BuzzFeed. Below is part of a transcript of the Facebook bots conversation: Bob: i can i i everything else.
But if your Kindle starts chuckling out of nowhere, all bets are off. Audio recordings collected by an Alexa device have already been used as evidence. But to be fair, having Alexa speak a full sentence to you is far less alarming that a sudden, seemingly random, laugh. Recently, this has become especially true for owners of Amazon Echo devices. Because Alexa is always listening and waits for a trigger word followed by a command, this is somewhat plausible. Listen for yourself: Lying in bed about to fall asleep when Alexa on my Amazon Echo Dot lets out a very loud and creepy laugh.
Hearing laugh late at night when I didn't expect it, is the most momentarily frightening thing I have experienced. News of the disquieting titters began surfacing recently on social media. Some Alexa users have reported hearing an unprompted laugh from their smart speaker devices in the last day. In recent weeks, many of them have hit social media saying their smart speakers have been laughing spontaneously, unprompted by commands. The company did not elaborate on how widespread the laugh is. Others made similar reports on Reddit.
The social media platform was experimenting with teaching two chatbots, Alice and Bob, how to negotiate with one another. It sounded like a real person. At least, that's what Amazon Echo owners say they've been hearing lately. One person's Alexa refused to let them turn the lights off. This confirms the theory that Alexa was falsely triggered and not possessed. Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me Bob: i.