> >

Will Amazon’s Latest Fix Stop Your Alexa Device Laughing… Alone, and in the Dark?

One News Page Staff Friday, 9 March 2018
Will Amazon’s Latest Fix Stop Your Alexa Device Laughing… Alone, and in the Dark?by 👨‍💻 Graham Pierrepoint

The Amazon Echo range of PA devices which have rolled out for a few years now are, for all intents and purposes, at the forefront of their specialism. Both Apple and Google have entered the fray with their own devices in recent months, meaning that any tech-happy home has less reason than ever before to be without a standalone device that can help you to find news, weather and play music on demand. The market is booming – and while reception can be mixed, it seems that Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, is all but leading the field. However – a rather creepy new trend seems to be putting some Echo users on edge – though Amazon is confident that a fix has been found.

Some people have been experiencing laughing noises coming from their Echo devices without prompting – even when they are operating in an empty room and in the dark. This has led to a rather spooky set of circumstances which has spread itself across social media – with some Echo owners taking video footage to ‘prove’ Alexa effectively laughing at nothing. This is particularly unnerving – especially when, in the cases reported, nothing is being said or done to activate the device – let alone request it to laugh!

Alexa Is Laughing At You
Watch: Alexa Is Laughing At You

Amazon, however, feels that they have found a fix. They have reported to have upgraded Alexa to now react to “Alexa, can you laugh” as opposed to “Alexa, laugh”. This turn of phrase, it is reported, would have otherwise encouraged devices to emit the unnerving laughter – but it has since been made more difficult for such an action to jump into effect. However, this only seems to work if an Echo device has misinterpreted noise as saying “Alexa, laugh.” Users who are reporting the laughing occurring are, at least for now, left scratching their heads – meaning that this particularly unnerving trend may need to be kept on close view for some time to come.

Some who have experienced the random laughter of Alexa have made unfavorable comparisons with that of the sinister AI, HAL 9000, in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. While it’s safe to say that we are a long way away from robots and digital PAs harboring murderous intent, it’s not hard to understand why so many people experiencing the blip have been shaken up… wouldn’t you be?

Amazon Alexa’s Creepy Laugh
Watch: Amazon Alexa’s Creepy Laugh

Credit: Wochit Tech - Published < > Embed
News video: How To: Set Celebs Like Blake Shelton As Your Alarm On Alexa

▶ How To: Set Celebs Like Blake Shelton As Your Alarm On Alexa 00:43

Trouble getting out of bed in the morning? Maybe waking up to the voice of People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive would help. Blake Shelton has released two new Amazon Alexa alarm tones guaranteed to get you out of bed. So how do you enable the voice of Blake Shelton to wake you? Simply open up your...

You Might Like

Recent related videos from verified sources

Comcast To Get Into The Streaming Game [Video]Comcast To Get Into The Streaming Game

Comcast is looking to get into the streaming game. Digital Trends reports that the cable giant will launch Xfinity Flex, an optional add-on for existing Xfinity Internet subscribers that will add a..

Credit: Wochit Business     Duration: 00:42Published

How to use your Amazon Alexa device to get local news and weather from Denver7 [Video]How to use your Amazon Alexa device to get local news and weather from Denver7

With Alexa “Flash Briefings,” you can get updates on local news, weather and traffic from Denver7 just by asking Alexa.

Credit: Rumble     Duration: 01:03Published

How to reduce your meat consumption without sacrificing taste [Video]How to reduce your meat consumption without sacrificing taste

Americans ate a record amount of meat last year—[222.2 pounds of meat and poultry per person, on average](..

Credit: Salon-Editorial     Duration: 01:13Published

Get FOX 4 newscasts on your Amazon Alexa! [Video]Get FOX 4 newscasts on your Amazon Alexa!

If you own an Alexa-enabled Amazon device, you can now get Fox 4 news headlines and weather straight from our newsroom by asking Alexa for the news!

Credit: Rumble     Duration: 00:45Published

Nintendo Announces New Pokemon Games [Video]Nintendo Announces New Pokemon Games

Business Insider reports that two new Pokemon games are coming to Nintendo Switch. The new Pokémon games are "Pokémon Sword" and "Pokémon Shield." They will be released later this year. The games..

Credit: Wochit Entertainment     Duration: 00:36Published

Washington Post Rides Amazon’s Elemental To Serve Broadcast: Prakash [Video]Washington Post Rides Amazon’s Elemental To Serve Broadcast: Prakash

PHOENIX -- Since it started seven years ago, The Washington Post's in-house, self-built software line-up has grown in size and in customer base. Now it is being used by a whole new industry -..

Credit: BeetTV - Affiliate     Duration: 07:36Published

Twitter Finally Discloses Number Of Daily Users [Video]Twitter Finally Discloses Number Of Daily Users

On Thursday. Twitter disclosed it daily active user figures for the first time. Business Insider said that nominally, the figures are 48% lower than Snapchat's. But Twitter warned that its daily user..

Credit: Wochit Business     Duration: 00:32Published

Super Bowl Advertisers Amazon And ABInbev May Not Have Won the Evening [Video]Super Bowl Advertisers Amazon And ABInbev May Not Have Won the Evening

The Patriots may not have been the biggest winner in the Super Bowl Sunday evening February 3. The battle of the advertisers can be just as intriguing as the battle on the grid-iron is. Inc...

Credit: The Street     Duration: 03:41Published

Recent related news from verified sources

Kick start your Alexa-enabled home and pair select Echo speakers w/ smart home devices from $40

Amazon is currently discounting several of its Echo device smart home bundles. One standout for us is the third generation Echo Dot with an Amazon Smart Plug...

How to create your own Alexa skills via Blueprints

You've probably used your Amazon Echo for a variety of tasks and skills, from listening to music and playing games to finding information and controlling smart...

Use the Clarisonic Mia Smart Brush to help apply makeup or wash it all off: $139 ($60 off)

Amazon offers the Clarisonic Mia Smart Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush for *$139 shipped*. Also at Ulta. Regularly $199, which is what you’d still be paying at...

Help your iPhone stay safe and last all day with Amazon's big one-day accessory sale

Phone accessories can add functionality or fun personalized flair to your device, and it’s even better when you get them on a deal. If you’re looking for a...

Tweets about this

Other recent news in Technology

Even Walmart Wants To Make A Game STREAMING SERVICE NowFacebook was warned about CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA issues months earlier than previously disclosed (FB)
Nick Mowbray's Toy Story takes a new twist after HEALTH scare21 'Amazon's Choice' PRODUCTS we've tried for ourselves, and use all the time
•More original news reports from newsR
Environmentally friendly: newsR is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2019 newsR Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
About us  |  Contact us  |  Disclaimer  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  In the News  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? FeedbackSend us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter  •  FOLLOW us on Pinterest