Some owners of Alexa-powered Amazon Echo smart speakers are reported being freaked out when their devices randomly start laughing. No prompt, no commands, no input whatsoever. The thing just starts to laugh.
Alexa devices do have a programmed laugh that’s called forth as a response to certain questions and commands, ranging from “baby laugh” to “sinister laugh.” The spontaneous unprompted laugh has been described as “creepy,” “evil” and “witch-like.”
— CaptHandlebar (@CaptHandlebar) February 23, 2018
So what’s going on here? Amazon is hasn’t responded but is apparently collecting data. Meanwhile, some of us are concerned that this might be a new step towards the birth of Skynet. Are our machines now making fun of us?