Even Skynet's Terminator didn't give off a mechanical laugh as it stalked its human prey, however if you're an owner of an Amazon Echo device you might not be that lucky. Several people have reported that devices with voice-enabled assistant Alexa have heard it start laughing spontaneously calling to mind every sentient AI horror movie.
One person who was on the verge of falling into a peaceful slumber described hearing a "very loud and creepy laugh" from his Echo Dot. "There's a good chance I get murdered tonight," he tweeted.
Another said Alexa started laughing while he was having an office conversation. "It was really creepy."
Some people already find it creepy that devices are listening in. Now, it seems the machines are just mocking us.Others made similar reports on Reddit. One person's Alexa refused to let them turn the lights off. "They kept turning back on." They continued: "After the third request, Alexa stopped responding and instead did an evil laugh. The laugh wasn't in the Alexa voice. It sounded like a real person."
As Amazon's wildly popular 'intelligent personal assistant' Alexa finds its way into more and more homes, reports of weird activity emanating from the device have begun to emerge.
A number of owners have expressed considerable unease on social media after hearing the always-listening gadget unleash a creepy laugh seemingly for no apparent reason.
The weirdness has left some wondering if there could be an unheard voice lingering in their home in the form of a ghost or, perhaps even more worrisome, an unsavory character hacking into the device for a nefarious purpose we'd rather not even imagine.
Although some may simply dismiss these stories as a new kind of urban legend spreading across social media, Amazon has actually responded to recent news stories about the laugh, saying that the nightmarish phenomenon is real and that they are looking into fixing it.
Source - Coast to Coast
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by Marlene Pardo Pellicer