Amazon Alexa’s unprompted creepy laughs are being fixed by disabling the ‘Alexa, laugh’ command

Amazon is replacing the command with “Alexa, can you laugh?”.

  • Published: March 8, 2018 10:36 AM IST

Past few weeks, users with Alexa-powered devices have been complaining that their speaker suddenly breaks into a laugh, without being prompted to. That’s a full proof recipe for mini heart attacks!

However, as The Verge reports, Amazon says that it is aware of the issue and is working towards fixing it.  Amazon reportedly says that it plans to fix the creepiness by disabling the phrase, “Alexa, laugh”, which will instead by substituted by the command “Alexa, can you laugh?”

Amazon believes that the latter phrase is “less likely to have false positives,” or in other words the Alexa software is likely to mistake common words and phrases that sound similar to the one that makes Alexa start laughing. “We are also changing Alexa’s response from simply laughter to ‘Sure, I can laugh,’ followed by laughter,” an Amazon spokesperson said.

Users on Twitter and Reddit have been saying that every time Alexa broke into a laugh, it felt like it was an actual person laughing near them, which is certainly scary, especially when you’re home alone. Many responded to the cackling sounds by unplugging their Alexa-enabled devices.

Since a few reports came out, many other started to share similar experiences online. While some say that the laughter is unprompted, for some it appears as a bizarre response to requests to turn off the lights.

  • Published Date: March 8, 2018 10:36 AM IST