Alexa, shut up: Amazon tries to stifle spontaneous laughter | ZDNet

Artificial intelligence has proven that it can exhibit less-than-desirable behaviors that can seem distinctly human: AI cheats, it can show bias, and it could even lie to you.

Now, apparently, it’s subject to random bouts of laughter.

Amazon on Wednesday said it’s making some changes to its AI-powered virtual assistant after customers reported unprompted laughter from Alexa-enabled devices.

The internet collectively balked at the decidedly creepy reports.

An Amazon representative told CNET, ZDNet’s sister site, that the company was aware of the problem and trying to fix it. Later, in a statement to ZDNet, Amazon chalked the issue up to a glitch and said it’s working on a solution:

“In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase ‘Alexa, laugh.’ We are changing that phrase to ‘Alexa, can you laugh?’ which is less likely to have false positives.”

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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