Imagine, you’re laying in bed, its all quiet except the sound of your significant other snoozing away and the rain hitting your roof. All quiet, until you hear the sound of a woman letting out a short, mocking cackle.
This isn’t a horror movie, it’s just your friend Alexa, and she is unwell. The phenomenon was first reported by Twitter user @CaptHandlebar, who posted a video of their JBL speaker, to which their Amazon Echo Dot is connected, emitting a ha-ha-ha.
— CaptHandlebar (@CaptHandlebar) February 23, 2018
Many people last week reported hearing unprompted laughs from their smart speaker devices. The laughs were occurring randomly when nobody is using the device, or in response to a request to turn on or off lights.
We’re aware of this and working to fix it,” Amazon said in a statement, confirming the issue. The company did not elaborate on how widespread the laugh is. In a later statement, Amazon said the device can mistakenly hear the command, “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.'” Amazon said. “We are also changing Alexa’s response from simply laughter to ‘Sure, I can laugh’ followed by laughter.”
Voice devices have in many ways, have made our lives in many ways easier. For some voice, devices are now considered a common household appliance. Using voice devices can give the equipment an impressive amount of control over your home – but it’s all fun and games until the devices begin to take on a life of their own.