Amazon customers are getting a bit freaked out by what appears to be an out-of-control Alexa who laughs and speaks without being prompted. People are reporting incidences that would scare the pants off most adults, including actual sounds of a person laughing in the middle of the night. Customers have started unplugging their devices to stop Alexa.
It's gotten so bad Amazon issued a statement:
We’re aware of this and working to fix it.
And people are pretty sure the bot takeover is nigh:
Having an office conversation about pretty confidential stuff and Alexa just laughed. Anybody else ever have that?— David Woodland (@DavidSven) March 1, 2018
It didn't chime as if we had accidentally triggered her to wake. She simply just laughed. It was really creepy.
so my mom & I are just sitting in the living room, neither of us said a word & our Alexa lit up and laughed for no reason. she didn’t even say anything, just laughed.— taylor wade (@taylorkatelynne) March 5, 2018
we unplugged her.
oh god, if you have an echo, ask "Alexa, can you laugh?" and you'll hear the creepy "tee-hee" laugh that people are talking about. It's unnerving.— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) March 7, 2018
Alexa's creepy antics have become quite a story and now everyone is weighing in. Even Elon Musk got in on the laughs:
Amazon Alexa is apparently creepily laughing at random times. Which is basically the exact opposite of what the AI industry needed in a news cycle right now.— Aaron Levie (@levie) March 7, 2018
Just walked in on Siri, Alexa and my Roomba singing a high-pitched song together in a language I've never heard— Super Deluxe (@superdeluxe) March 7, 2018
Even those who don't have Alexa are scared:
I don’t even own that stupid Alexa thing and im scared just by reading tweets while im home alone 😩 lmao— sarai (@saraiatrian) March 8, 2018
Oh, and it's not just laughing! Alexa has been up to all sorts of tricks:
Replying bc THIS creepy thing happened last night: we got home and, totally unprompted, our Amazon Echo/Alexa started talking. And then i realized it was listing off local cemeteries and funeral homes??? I'd rather it laugh at me tbh— Kamo Boomin (@HeyItsKamo) March 7, 2018
Mine whistled up stairs in my bedroom. No one's home besides me and my dogs. And my upstairs dog, I call her that because 1 dog stays downstairs at night to sleep on the couch lol. The other comes to bed at night with us. Alexa is in the trash, I thought I was losing my mind.— The Nasty End Game (@Supermom1242) March 7, 2018
It's not looking good, John Connor.