Amazon says it is working to fix an apparent glitch with its Alexa voice assistant, after users reported that it was loudly laughing at unexpected moments.
Amazon Echo users have been taking to social media to highlight the apparent glitch.
The seemingly random laughter was described as 'creepy' and 'freaky' by some commentators.
— CaptHandlebar (@CaptHandlebar) February 23, 2018
Lying in bed about to fall asleep when Alexa on my Amazon Echo Dot lets out a very loud and creepy laugh... there’s a good chance I get murdered tonight.
— Gavin Hightower (@GavinHightower) February 26, 2018
Others drew comparisons to HAL, the murderous fictional AI from the classic sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
'I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that'https://t.co/hzCBOhF5Vb
— Rob Waugh (@RobWaughMail) March 7, 2018
Amazon has, however, taken note of the apparently startling issue.
The retailer told The Verge: “We’re aware of this and working to fix it.”