Alexa's unprompted fits of creepy laughter have users freaked out

A new Amazon Echo is displayed during a program announcing several new Amazon products by the company Wednesday Sept. 27 2017 in Seattle. Amazon's smart speakers feature a digital voice assistant named Alexa

Another Twitter video, posted by user @annielbonannieTN, shows Alexa producing the laughter from the default Amazon Echo speaker. But it's unlikely that Alexa has become sentient and is intentionally frightening users with the laughs.

Responding to the reports, an Amazon spokesperson told Metro: "In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase "Alexa, laugh". What they will be working on now is to change the command to something longer like, "Alexa, can you laugh?" to avoid these accidental, random cackles.

Posting on Twitter, Alexa users have described the laugh as "creepy", "evil", "bone-chilling" and "freaky".

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And then there was the guy who tried to get Alexa to answer just why she was laughing at people. "It was really creepy".

"We're aware of this and working to fix it", a rep for the company said in an email.

Another change, as to not scare users if Alexa laughs again, is to change the device's response in the case of a false positive. One Alexa user shared a video of a laugh that occurred while they were in the kitchen saying, "So Alexa made a decision to laugh randomly while I was in the kitchen".

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Amazon first introduced Alexa alongside the Amazon Echo in November 2014.

Some people have even begun to record the laugher and shared it only. "I'd rather it laugh at me tbh".

Picture this - still of the night, no soul in sight and, suddenly; your Amazon Echo starts laughing as if it heard the best joke ever.

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