OK, don’t laugh. There’s been enough of that, apparently.
After reports about its Alexa-enabled devices laughing out loud for no apparent reason — and weirding people out in the process — Amazon offered up further explanation Wednesday afternoon.
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“In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase ‘Alexa, laugh,’ the company said in a statement to GeekWire. “We are changing that phrase to be ‘Alexa, can you laugh?’ which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance ‘Alexa, laugh.'”
Rather than just the “ha, ha, ha” that was heard coming out of Echo and Dot devices, Alexa will provide fair warning about what’s to come.
“We are also changing Alexa’s response from simply laughter to ‘Sure, I can laugh’ followed by laughter,” Amazon said.
Hopefully the tech giant has maintained its sense of humor throughout this ordeal. I mean, you want to talk about laughing …