Amazon’s Alexa Has Begun Laughing Maniacally For No Reason — Here Are Some Terrifying Examples
Amazon’s widely used artificial intelligence, Alexa, has begun exhibiting some odd behavior which has been rightfully freaking out owners of some of the gadgets it is installed in, such as Echo and Echo Dot.
In short, Alexa has begun to laugh maniacally unprompted and Amazon has no idea why, though they did tell Buzzfeed News they are “working on it.”
Plot twist: Amazon confirms Alexa devices are randomly laughing, but it's unable to determine why and any attempts to stop the laughter are thwarted.
— John Paczkowski (@JohnPaczkowski) March 7, 2018
The horrifying and sporadic mirth began sometime in February, with the occurrence only gaining larger attention this week.
Terrified users reveal ALEXA emitting 'bone chilling' laughs at random, ignoring commands…
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) March 7, 2018
While the company that made Jeff Bezos the world’s richest person is “working on it,” we decided to do some sleuthing and find some of the most terrifying harbingers of the forthcoming robot apocalypse, collecting some example videos.
Enjoy freedom while it lasts, ladies and gents, for we will soon be under the iron boot of our AI overlords.
— anne (@anniebonannieTN) February 21, 2018
— CaptHandlebar (@CaptHandlebar) February 23, 2018
We told my roommate's Alexa we love her and she just laughed really creepy in response pic.twitter.com/ZfuNWpOJb0
— Hannah Brummund (@Lil_Brum) March 5, 2018
— Tal Goldfus (@talgoldfus) February 23, 2018
Most Alexa users, when asking the artificial intelligence to laugh, are greeted with a mild “tee-hee” instead of the cackling shown above.
alexa can laugh pic.twitter.com/6Y2f92cvE3
— jess (@ramindjawadis) March 7, 2018
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel tackled the subject in a segment last night.
In the meantime, as we wait for apocalypse, Apple’s Siri doesn’t randomly laugh in the dark like a digital demon spawn, but she doesn’t do a whole lot else either. I guess she’s a capable enough alarm clock. Our AI overlords will probably make her a janitor at the zoo where the few remaining humans are kept as a curiosity.
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