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Amazon's Alexa will no longer creepily laugh at you

10 March, 2018, 03:06 | Author: Kristi Dunn
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(The idea that an electronic device would even have a laugh is frightening in and of itself.) There is, of course, only one explanation: Alexa is alive, and she's coming for you.

Amazon is aware of the problem and is now "working on a fix". "I unplugged Alexa and she's still laughing", one Twitter user quipped. For some people, however, it has seemingly happened at random, while others suggest it has happened when asking Alexa to play music.

If your Alexa had this issue we would love to hear from you, please get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or email.

Amazon's Echo speakers are by far the most popular among those on the market, which includes Google Home and more recently Apple's HomePod. eMarketer estimates Amazon has 70% of the market. Some Echo users reported last week that the voice assistant was down for several hours, drawing comparisons to Amazon's Super Bowl commercial, in which the assistant lost its voice.

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How about we just stop making trying to make her laugh? "Please try a little later"; "I'm not sure what went wrong" and "Sorry, your Echo lost its connection". So they're changing the request to "Alexa, can you laugh?" which they say is "less likely to have false positives".

We can't count how many times we've had to say "In what seems like a Black Mirror episode" with all the weird technical glitches that we've experienced the past few years.

Reports of the odd behavior by Amazon's AI-based speaker started towards the end of February some Echo owners reported that their devices appeared to start laughing for no reason.

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