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Amazon 'aware' of issue causing Echo devices to spontaneously laugh

Amazon 'aware' of issue causing Echo devices to spontaneously laugh

There are plenty of stories of artificial intelligence gone wrong.

The glitch has continued to pop up this week as well, as a user named Venand Naik tweeted about a similar occurrence on Sunday.

Another Twitter user reported that Alexa began laughing in the middle of an office conversation: "I asked why she laughed and she said, 'Sorry, I am not sure'". Some people said that they thought it was an actual person laughing in their home, which can undoubtedly be scary if they were home alone. Some claim Alexa laughed in response to unrelated or misunderstood commands, while others claim Alexa simply laughed out of the blue. The software is randomly laughing at users. Freaked @SnootyJuicer and I out.

It's been reported on several occasions that Alexa-enabled devices can be triggered by ambient noises or sounds that go off in the same room, such as commercials.

Last month, another Echo owner moaned to advertising watchdogs that his gadget had ordered cat food after being prompted by an advert on the TV.

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No, you're (probably) not being haunted, it's just Amazon's Alexa voice assistant malfunctioning in a profoundly creepy way.

Local weather reports, latest news, sports scores and how long it will take to drive to a destination are also included.

Some Echo users responded by turning off their devices.

The simplest way is to click on this link and then open up the Echo's briefing service in the Amazon Alexa app.


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