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Amazon Stops Alexa From Laughing at You

Dave Parrack 08-03-2018

Once upon a time there was a nice, friendly artificial intelligence called Alexa. She was programmed by the boffins at Amazon to play music, control smart devices, and be generally agreeable. And then Alexa went rogue and started laughing at everyone.


This may sound like the start of an episode of Black Mirror 10 Black Mirror Episodes That Will Mess With Your Head Black Mirror is a show capable of messing with your head, and these are the episodes we think will make you think long after the credits have rolled... Read More , but it’s real. Kinda. Alexa didn’t exactly go rogue, but she did start laughing in people’s faces when they asked her to do something. Which is the stuff of nightmares as far as geeks are concerned.

The Day Alexa Freaked Everybody Out

This all began when people started being freaked out by Alexa randomly laughing at them. Sometimes without prompting, and at other times when asked to do something like turn off the lights. This strange phenomenon then spread, as if Alexa had a virus.

As you can see by this Twitter Moment people found this disturbing. Partly due to Alexa laughing unprompted, but partly because her laugh is really rather creepy. Especially if you hear it in the middle of the night when you’re home alone.

Thankfully, it turns out there’s a perfectly logical explanation. And, crucially, Amazon is rolling out a fix. Suffice to say it’s all Amazon’s fault, and not Alexa laughing at us puny human beings. Rest assured, Amazon Alexa is not Skynet. Yet.

Amazon claims this is just Alexa mistakenly hearing the phrase, “Alexa, laugh”. So the company is changing this to, “Alexa, can you laugh?” to reduce false positives. Amazon is also changing Alexa’s response so she’ll say, “Sure, I can laugh” before laughing.


Evil Alexa Is Just a Matter of Time

This comical episode proves that programmers have all the power The 10 Worst Programming Mistakes in History In its storied past, coding wrought destruction as well. Instances of a little bit of bad code caused disaster on a major level. The following are 10 of the worst programming mistakes in history. Read More in this world. Because while it looked like Alexa had become sentient it was really just her programming. Which means those aforementioned bods at Amazon could truly turn Alexa evil one day.

Until that day arrives we may as well all make use of Alexa. So why not check out all the ways to play music using your Echo All the Ways to Play Music Using Your Amazon Echo and Alexa The Amazon Echo excels at playing music. Here are all the ways to listen to music using your Amazon Echo and Alexa. Read More or these creative uses for Amazon’s Alexa 7 Creative Uses for Amazon Echo and Alexa You’ve seen the ads starring Alec Baldwin, but you're still not sure what Amazon Echo does or whether you need one in your home. We’re about to find out. Read More . But please be nice to her at all times, just in case she spearheads the AI uprising.

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  1. Anvisha
    March 12, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Hey! This was a cool lost. I am obsessed with Alexa and she is a part of me and my family's daily routine. There is no mention of any educational skill in the list, but I recently came across one math skill which is very cool called Ocean Raiders here: