My wife was there when it happened and she is the only person who can drop-in. The laugh wasn't in the Alexa voice. Last year, the social media giant's chatbots Alice and Bob were left alone as part of an experiment by researchers. It isn't just about feeling like we're getting things done. Opening a million tabs, it turns out, is often just a digital form of task switching. The command prompted his Echo to order him cat food, which he clearly didn't want. We've asked Amazon if it can comment further.
The reports of laughter prompted many other incidents of Alexa speaking up without any prompts, and they get creepier than just laughter. So, why do we leave so many tabs open? I thought a kid was laughing behind me. But reports popped up on social media this week that show her breaking character and bursting out into laughter, for no apparent reason. We haven't gotten a response yet -- unless it was that psychotic chortle we just heard coming from the other room. The headline has been updated to reflect this new information.
On top of that, it won't just laugh -- it'll acknowledge your request first. I thought a kid was laughing behind me. Twitter user CaptHandlebar was one of the first to report experiencing this back on February 22nd: So Alexa decided to laugh randomly while I was in the kitchen. It didn't chime as if we had accidentally triggered her to wake. Amazon's Alexa apparently thinks something is pretty funny, but isn't letting anyone in on the joke.
Robots are coming for us all. When does that Terminator sequel come out again? Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me Bob: i. . MacDailyNews Take: Always listening is scarier than randomly laughing. Here are a few examples people managed to capture when they asked Alexa to repeat the last thing she said, just so you can hear just how creepy it is. It sounded like a real person. My wife was there when it happened and she is the only person who can drop-in.
However, if Alexa does mess up, a feature in the app allows you to see what the Echo heard in order to help improve its functions. Hearing laugh late at night when I didn't expect it, is the most momentarily frightening thing I have experienced. Recently, this has become especially true for owners of Amazon Echo devices. So Alexa decided to laugh randomly while I was in the kitchen. Others have said that Alexa has laughed after being asked to turn on the lights — and may have misheard the command.
Because Alexa is always listening and waits for a trigger word followed by a command, this is somewhat plausible. Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me Bob: i i can i i i everything else. First published March 7, 1:30 p. But the researchers discovered that the bots had deviated from the script and were inventing new phrases without any human input. Some people report that it comes completely out of the blue, while others that it can be a response to an unrelated request, like turning off the lights. So Alexa decided to laugh randomly while I was in the kitchen. For users who own multiple Echo devices, the Drop In feature enables them to use it as intercom system.
We emailed back to ask if the company rep was actually a company rep and not Alexa posing as a rep to forward her evil plan. As reports, some Alexa users have heard random giggles from the virtual assistant in recent weeks. The social media platform was experimenting with teaching two chatbots, Alice and Bob, how to negotiate with one another. Some users on and say the outbursts have been entirely spontaneous. Amazon said in a statement that the outbursts are due to its smart speakers hearing accidental orders. With nine or fewer tabs, you're able to see everything that's open at a glance, and you can use keyboard shortcuts to navigate between them. Many responded to the cackling sounds by unplugging their Alexa-enabled devices.
It didn't chime as if we had accidentally triggered her to wake. This is decidedly less creepy than spontaneous bursts of computerized laughter. Robots are coming for us all. It's also not unheard of to have people talk to users through their Echo devices. On a Mac, you can press Command + No. Last June, Amazon rolled out a new feature called Drop In, which allows specified users to talk to you through your Echo.