Alexa Is Laughing at You, Not With You
Owners of the devices with the voice-enabled assistant Alexa, have been freaking out the past few days claiming their devices start randomly laughing.
Twitter user @anniebonannieTN claimed she was alone in the dark kitchen and Alexa started laughing at her.
Another owner asked Alexa why she was laughing at her and said the response was very fishy.
I just asked Alexa why she was laughing at me.— Imani Gandy 🧐 (@AngryBlackLady) March 7, 2018
“Sorry. I don’t know that.”
Sure she wasn’t laughing at me at the time, but why so cagey with the response? Fishy.
Owners claim the laugh is an evil laugh and demand to know why their device is doing this.
Another owner asked the device to please not kill her!
Amazon failed to immediately respond to why the device was randomly laughing, but several media outlets reported that a representative claimed they are aware and are trying to fix the problem.
Owners of the device started noticing the random laughing a little over a month ago.
One Twitter user, who way lying in bed when he first heard the creepy laugh, said it is very loud.
Lying in bed about to fall asleep when Alexa on my Amazon Echo Dot lets out a very loud and creepy laugh... there’s a good chance I get murdered tonight.— Gavin Hightower (@GavinHightower) February 26, 2018
The echo device works by listening for the words "Alexa" or "Amazon." The device then records your voice and transfers it to the processor for analysis so that it can fulfill or answer the questions.
So who is to blame for the creepy laugh scaring hundreds of owners?
Maybe humans are to blame for the laugh heard around the world.
Much of artificial intelligence is powered by thousands of real people and many technologies would not work without massive quantities of human-labeled data.
As much as companies try to push humans out of the picture they still rely on them for their companies.
How much longer until Amazon fixes this problem? I guess well all have to wait and see.
Material from The Associated Press contributed to this report.