The future is here and smart home assistants are taking over homes everywhere. While many of them can be quite useful, we are starting to see some sketchiness arise from the depths.
— CaptHandlebar (@CaptHandlebar) February 23, 2018
A few users have reported, and shared, their Alexa-connected devices randomly laughing. The above tweet was shared and shows that no prompt was given, but Alexa decided to creepily laugh out of the blue.
For a few days, there was no word from Amazon about why this could possibly be happening. Then, the company finally responded, issuing the following statement:
“In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase ‘Alexa, laugh.’ 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.’ We are also changing Alexa’s response from simply laughter to ‘sure, I can laugh’ followed by laughter.”
What makes this even more creepy is the fact that Alexa was found laughing, without the Blue ring on Echo devices ever showing up. I don’t know about you, but if my Echo started randomly laughing, you can bet that my Echo would be unplugged immediately and tossed in a bin.
Nonetheless, at least Amazon has finally responded and has given everyone a reason as to why this has been happening. The company also stated that the current phrase ‘Alexa, laugh’ is being removed completely, which should get rid of any of the possibilities of Alexa just randomly laughing.
Let us know whether you have run into this creepiness and if you were so freaked out that you decided to unplug your Echo.