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Today, in a "completely terrifying technology", the voice assistant of Amazon makes fun of users.

SAN FRANCISCO – Alexa, the digital assistant of Amazon, broke out with a strange laugh at random intervals for some users, scary.

Post to Twitter, Alexa u Users described laughter as "frightening," "bad," "bones-chilling," and "weird."

[1 9459037] Wednesday, Amazon was at the bottom of the mystery

It turns out that in rare circumstances, Alexa may mistakenly hear the phrase "Alexa, laugh" even though this is not what has been said. Alexa then interprets the sentence as a command and laughs.

Amazon changed the sentence needed to make Alexa laugh, "Alexa, can you laugh" which should be less likely to generate false positives.

In addition, Alexa will no longer answer this question with a simple laugh but will instead say, "Of course, I can laugh" followed by laughter.

The Alexa team also disabled the phrase "Alexa, laugh" as a trigger.

The first reports of laughter began to surface during the weekend.

The short laugh that users recorded and posted on Twitter consisted of three ha-ha close together. ha & # 39; s. "

This laugh seems slightly sarcastic, as if the person laughing is trying to convey that she did not really find what she had just heard funny. It's really not a cheerful or brilliant laugh.

Random laughter is different from the "teehee" laugh that Alexa gives when asked if it can laugh.

A surprisingly high number of. Americans interact with digital speakers, despite the fact that they appeared on the market a little over three years ago, in November 2014.

According to eMarketer, $ 35.6 million Americans used a voice-activated digital assistant at least once a month in 2017

Amazon's Echo speakers are by far the most popular among those on the market, which includes Google Home and more recently the Apple HomePod. Amazon eMarketer estimates at 70% of the market.

Juniper Research estimates that 55% of American households will have one in the next four years.

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