"Now, I know that stupid device heard "laugh" instead of 'lamp off", but I can't sleep anymore".
Users of Amazon's popular artificial intelligence-powered personal assistant Alexa have been reporting instances of the voice assistant laughing without being prompted, leading Amazon to search for a fix for the issue.
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In a statement to The Verge, Amazon confirmed that it is aware of the reports and that it is working on a fix. People typically activate their Echo speakers by saying the word "Alexa", which triggers the device to listen and respond to commands like changing the volume.
Some users report the laugh happening randomly for no apparent reason, sometimes in the silence, other times interrupting a conversation or different activity.
"WHY DID MY ALEXA JUST LAUGH OUT OF THE BLUE?!?!?!?" wrote one user on Twitter. It sounded like a real person.
Amazon has 18.4% market share, Google has 18.4%, and the remaining 9.7% goes to Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana-powered speakers that are made by other companies. Users can simply say, "Alexa, play Flow", to launch the personalized playlist. If this had happened to me when I was home alone, I would have pissed my trousers.
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In the meantime, Alexa users will just have to deal with Alexa's random fits of laughter.
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