The company acknowledged the questions after some reported their devices had developed an unsettling new skill
The robot wars are coming, and Alexa will have the last laugh.
Amazon recognise on Wednesday that some of its Alexa-enabled devices have developed a new skill: sneaking out their owners with unexpected and unwarranted bursts of robotic laughter.
” We’re aware of this and working to fix it ,” the company told The Verge Wednesday.
People began reporting the problem with their “smart” speakers on social media in recent weeks.” So my mommy& I are just sitting in the living room, neither of us said a word& our Alexa lighted up and giggled for no reason ,” tweeted one female, Taylor Wade, on 5 March.” She didn’t even say anything, just chuckled .”
Another Twitter user reported that Alexa began laughing in the middle of an office conversation:” I asked why she laughed and she said,’ Sorry, I am not sure .'”
Amazon did not immediately respond to queries from the Guardian about the nature or cause of the apparent bug, but frightening your customer base is likely a bad move for a company trying to convince people to install a listening device in their bedrooms.
Wade at least had a simple enough solution to the problem, however:” We unplugged her .”
After the publication of this article, Amazon announced a fix and apparent rationale for the ghostly laughter. The company suggested in an email that the chuckles had occurred” in rare circumstances” because the speaker was picking up a” false positive” for the command” Alexa, laugh “.
Amazon will change the command for laugh to” Alexa, are you able laugh ?” and incapacitate the shorter command. It will also program Alexa to preface its simulacrum of human emotion with the phrase:” Sure, I can giggle .”
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