HomePod may leave a lot to be desired in its current state (and the occasional wood-stained ring), but we’ve seen no reports of Siri spontaneously laughing for no apparent reason. The same can no longer be said for Amazon Echo’s Alexa…
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Following customer complaints of creepy, unprompted laughs coming from inside Alexa devices, Amazon has confirmed to The Verge that it is aware of the feature … er, issue … and it is working on a fix. Buzzfeed has also confirmed the issue.
Alexa’s unwelcome laughter reportedly started as early as late February — just a few weeks after HomePod debuted — so you have to imagine there is a method to the madness. Alexa did face a rare outage last week after Amazon Web Services saw significant downtime, but the shift into becoming entirely sentient is a new development for any voice assistant to date.
Fortunately, the judgmental Alexa flaw doesn’t appear to be super widespread. I’ve welcomed a dozen or so Echo Dots throughout my house for smart home control and haven’t been greeted with snickering yet, but there’s still time before Amazon’s promised fix is in place.