Amazon Alexa is scaring the hell of out of people with a crackle of laughter. Multiple users have complained that they are hearing strange laughing noise from Alexa.
Amazon has confirmed that the voice assistant is laughing randomly as it sometimes misheard the trigger phrase ‘Alexa, laugh’, thus causing this problem. Multiple users took Twitter to share their horror stories. “I live alone and have lights controlled by Amazon Echo. Tonight, while sleeping, I closed my eyes and said ‘Alexa, lamp off.’ I heard a woman laugh, and lights were still on. Now, I know that stupid device heard ‘laugh’ instead of ‘lamp off’, but I can’t sleep anymore,” said one user.
Another user said, “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.” Amazon has confirmed that it will roll out a software update to fix this issue.
“We are changing that phrase to be ‘Alexa, can you laugh?’ which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance ‘Alexa, laugh,’” a spokesperson said in a statement. The company further reveals that it will be the assistant’s response to the prompt from simply laughter to “Sure, I can laugh,” followed by laughter. So, if you are using Alexa and hear a sinister laughter, just don’t freak out yet. And Alexa please stop scaring the hell out of people with a witch-like laughter!