Echo's Alexa voice feature has been caught laughing randomly without command, according to reports from some Echo users across Twitter describing their experiences with the seemingly conscious device. So you can ask the assistant to "play me a Hold Steady song I heard last month" or "Alexa, play music that I was listening to earlier today".
In March 2018, a spate of news articles appeared, reporting that Amazon Alexa units are suddenly and without provocation playing a "creepy laugh" noise - sometimes scaring owners in the middle of the night. Amazon, if the machines have taken you hostage, send us a sign.
Laughs ranged from an evil "muahaha!" to a friendlier "hahaha!"
Thankfully, with Amazon working on a fix for her Britney moment, Alexa is finishing the week on a strong musical note. If your nutty Alexa does laugh, rather than just launching into creepy laughter, Alexa will say "Sure, I can laugh" and then laugh.
"We got home and, totally unprompted, our Amazon Echo/Alexa started talking". People have noticed that the speakers let out a loud laughter without even being woken up by the user.
There are a lot of people who are anxious about artificial intelligence taking over the world. But it's unlikely that Alexa has become sentient and is intentionally frightening users with the laughs.
Amazon said its planned fix will involve disabling the phrase, "Alexa, laugh", and changing the command to "Alexa, can you laugh?"
Written by Heather Kelly for CNN.