Skip to Content

Amazon Alexa is creeping people out

Devices that act as home assistants are supposed to be helpful. They answer questions, assist with appliances and generally do whatever we ask on command.

Yet, for all the good they do, there is still an aura of Terminator-like creepiness that comes with them. After all, the more we have our machines do for us, the more reliant on them we become. And the more reliant on machines we become, the greater the chance of them one day taking over.

If the machines were planning on taking over, do you think we would be warned ahead of time? Might their mannerisms, such as laughter, be a precursor to our impending doom?

Why else would devices laugh at us?

Recently, people with devices that run Amazon Alexa have noticed a trend that is slightly troubling but mostly creepy as their device, as they tell it, just starts laughing. No prompt or anything, just laughter.

Perhaps worse yet, the laugh is apparently diabolical in nature.

One of the issues at hand is that given that Alexa is unprompted, it would appear the device is listening on its own and responding when not called upon to do so. It’s either that, or there is some glitch that has turn on to chuckle at random times. Either way, it’s not good.

However, it’s not that Alexa is not programmed to provide laughter. The device has a handful of different laughs and will provide one for you if asked to do so. And, evidently, sometimes when it isn’t.

Tales of Alexa’s surprising, confusing and disconcerting laughter have reached various parts of the internet, with folks on Reddit also commenting on their experiences with the seemingly rogue devices.

Amazon has yet to comment on what is happening, though one educated guess is that the device simply thinks you are asking it to laugh when instead you are saying something different, but that kind of sounds similar in tone.

Whatever the reason is, it’s fair to say the idea of Amazon’s home assistants laughing at us is not something we enjoy because it’s unnerving, to say the least.

Have a question about Amazon Alexa? Kim has your answer! Click here to send Kim a question, she may use it and answer it on her radio show. The Kim Komando Show is broadcast on over 450 stations. Click here to find the show time in your area.

If you frequent Amazon, make sure you are taking advantage of these perks

Whether it’s the convenience of online shopping, the deals, the selection or all of the above, people keep buying. That’s one reason many people sign up for the $99-a-year Amazon Prime, which offers free two-day delivery on most items. However, free delivery isn’t Prime’s only perk. Far from it. Click here for some of our favorite Prime perks that don’t get as much press.

Komando Community background

Join the Komando Community

Get even more know-how in the Komando Community! Here, you can enjoy The Kim Komando Show on your schedule, read Kim's eBooks for free, ask your tech questions in the Forum — and so much more.

Try it for 30 days