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Terrified users reveal ALEXA emitting bone chilling laughs at random ignoring commands

Issued: 2018-03-07

By Annie Palmer For

Published: 17:50 EST, 6 March 2018 | Updated: 18:38 EST, 6 March 2018


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There are plenty of stories of artificial intelligence gone wrong.

But recent reports from owners of Amazon Alexa devices are being called 'bone chillingly creepy.'

Some users say their Alexa-enabled gadgets start laughing totally unprompted.

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Some owners of Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo (pictured, file photo) say their gadgets are randomly laughing. Alexa is programmed to laugh at jokes, but doesn't typically giggle at random times

One user reportedly tried to turn the lights off in their home but Alexa repeatedly turned the lights back on, eventually uttering an 'evil laugh,' according to BuzzFeed.

Another Echo Dot owner said they told Alexa to turn off their alarm in the morning and she responded by letting out a 'witch-like' laugh.

Alexa is programmed in many voice-activated devices with a preset laugh, which can be prompted by asking: 'Alexa, how do you laugh?'

But so far, it's unclear why Alexa is laughing even when users don't ask her to.

Amazon has yet to respond to inquiries requesting more information about the error, BuzzFeed said.

For now, more and more users say they're sleeping with one eye open next to their Alexa-enabled devices.

So Alexa decided to laugh randomly while I was in the kitchen. Freaked @SnootyJuicer and I out. I thought a kid was laughing behind me.

As if that wasn't bizarre enough, Amazon also has a 'Laugh Box' skill, which lets users play different types of laughter, such as a 'baby laugh' or a 'sinister laugh.'

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, an Echo owner complained that a commercial had a man asking Alexa to order him some cat food.

The command prompted his Echo to order him cat food, which he clearly didn't want.

The Echo works by constantly listening for the 'wake word' – either 'Alexa' or 'Amazon' by default – and then records your voice and transfers it to a processor for analysis so that it can fulfil requests or answer questions.

Amazon isn't the only tech giant whose artificial intelligence has developed a mind of its own.

Last July, Facebook shut down a controversial chatbot experiment after the two AIs developed their own language to talk to each other.

The social media platform was experimenting with teaching two chatbots, Alice and Bob, how to negotiate with one another.

But the researchers discovered that the bots had deviated from the script and were inventing new phrases without any human input.

As part of the learning process they set up two bots, known as a dialog agents, to teach each other about human speech using machine learning algorithms.


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