Alexa’s Random Cackle is Creeping Out Users

Users are reporting a sudden unearthly giggle erupting from the Alexa’s speaker at random times throughout the day.

Most of the time when we hear about tech malfunctions, it has to do with something being incompatible or not responding to standard commands. Alexa has set the bar at “horror-movie-high” for this creepy glitch.

Users are reporting a sudden unearthly giggle erupting from the Alexa’s speaker at random times throughout the day. The response is unprompted, and sometime occurs when the device is asked to turn the lights on or off.

The sound consists of a trio of feminine “Ha’s” right before total silence. Imagine that randomly waking you up at night or coming from your digital assistant right after you ask it to turn off the lights.

No, it’s not the plot for a new scary movie—it’s just your Alexa. If this isn’t enough to give you haunted artificial intelligence vibes, the machine has also stopped responding to certain commands and making “disturbing” suggestions.

According to Fox News, one Twitter user claimed that their Amazon Echo randomly began listing the names of cemeteries and funeral homes.

Amazon has addressed the issue and believe that they’ve gotten to the bottom of the poorly timed giggles. On Wednesday, the company released a statement to Geekwire, saying:

“In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase ‘Alexa, laugh,’” the company said. “We are changing that phrase to be ‘Alexa, can you laugh?’ which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance ‘Alexa, laugh.’”

The company has also taken measures to provide users with fair warning prior to the standard laugh response.

“We are also changing Alexa’s response from simply laughter to ‘Sure, I can laugh’ followed by laughter,” Amazon continued.

The Amazon Alexa is an interactive form of artificial intelligence that can provide a number of different informational, streaming, and basic household services. The user simply asks Alexa to retrieve information, play their favorite shows, or to place orders, and the machine takes care of it.

It’s also a cord cutting favorite. Last week, we released an article covering NoCable’s newest contribution to the Alexa system called “The Amazon NoCable Alexa Skill.” This is our way of giving you some interactive information on how to cut the cord, or to expand the knowledge of those who already have.

It’s definitely worth checking out. Just ask your Alexa to download the “NoCable Skill” to get started. And don’t worry—there haven’t been any reports of creepy laughter with our product. Just the sweet sound of big cable companies losing subscribers to cheaper cord cutting options.

Patricia Howard

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Patricia Howard is a freelance journalist and Netflix enthusiast from rural Indiana. She has a bachelor''s degree in communication with a concentration in journalism. When Patricia isn''t writing, she enjoys catching up on her favorite shows with her husband and seven children.

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