Amazon's Alexa is well-known for amusing Easter eggs and hidden features, but it seems her latest skill has taken the company by surprise. The retailer said in an email that the laughs only happened "in rare circumstances" because the speaker was reacting to a "false positive" for the command "Alexa, laugh".
"Having an office conversation about pretty confidential stuff and Alexa just laughed".
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However, the company hasn't said what is causing Alexa to laugh randomly or how many users have reported it. "We are also changing Alexa's response from simply laughter to 'Sure, I can laugh" followed by laughter". "I thought a kid was laughing behind me".
The new features are small ones, but they're part of a larger effort by Amazon to make voice commands through Alexa feel more natural and, frankly, more interesting. "Anybody else ever have that?" one Twitter user asked Thursday, March 1.
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Several users of Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa are saying it won't obey commands and instead, will burst into an evil or witch-like laugh. "It was really creepy".
"We got home and, totally unprompted, our Amazon Echo/Alexa started talking".
Amazon said in a statement that the outbursts are because of its smart speakers hearing accidental orders.
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