They just wanted to turn off the lights. “After the third request, Alexa stopped responding and instead did an evil laugh.”
Owners of Amazon Echo devices with the voice-enabled assistant Alexa have been pretty much creeped out of their damn minds recently. People are reporting that the bot sometimes spontaneously starts laughing — which is basically a bloodcurdling nightmare.
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. Amazon did not respond to several inquiries for more information about WTF is going on.