Bug in Amazon's Alexa makes it randomly laugh, scares users
In a strange and rather amusing bug, users of devices enabled with Amazon's digital voice assistant Alexa have reported that the latter seems to randomly start laughing of its own accord, without being prompted to.
The complaints state that the laughter comes without the devices being woken up, that is, without the signature blue light that accompanies responses on Alexa-enabled devices.
Alexa's unsolicited laughter is creeping out its users
Amazon acknowledges the problem, working to fix it
Confirming the issue, Amazon explained the reason behind it.
"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," it said.
"We are also changing Alexa's response from simply laughter to 'sure, I can laugh' followed by laughter," Amazon added.
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