Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Amazon is aware that Alexa is scaring people with seemingly random laughter

Amazon is aware that Alexa is scaring people with seemingly random laughter

Recent reports detail a quirky bug that has Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa laughing for no apparent reason, scaring the daylights out of unsuspecting users.

Amazon's Echo device is freaking people out with a technical glitch.

The seemingly random laughter was described as "creepy" and "freaky" by some commentators.

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Amazon has, however, taken note of the apparently startling issue.

In a statement provided to the Verge, a representative for Amazon said the company is "aware" of the problem and is "working to fix it".

Amazon has since acknowledged the issue amid a stream of social media users bringing attention to it.

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Since the incident, dozens of other Alexa users have reported of the laughing instances.

Alexa's spontaneous laughter has been occurring for at least a couple of weeks, as the Twitter user @CaptHandlebar shared a short video of the device's automated chuckle on February 22. One Reddit user said that Alexa laughed after the command, "Alexa, patio off", which could sound vaguely like, "Alexa, how do you laugh?" I thought a kid was laughing behind me. If this had happened to me when I was home alone, I would have pissed my trousers. "So my mom & I are just sitting in the living room, neither of us said a word & our Alexa lit up and laughed for no reason", tweeted one woman, Taylor Wade, on 5 March.

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