Amazon Echo devices have reportedly been laughing for absolutely no particular reason at all, which as you can imagine is unsettling to unsuspecting ears. This isn't a fluke that was relegated to just one person. Multiple people have confirmed that their Echos have "gone rogue" with fits of laughter as if they somehow had their funny bone tickled.
One user, Gavin Hightower, recalls entering a gentle slumber last night when all of a sudden, his Echo Dot tried doing its best impression of Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin:
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
In another situation, Alexa chimed in during a [confidential] office discussion:
Having an office conversation about pretty confidential stuff and Alexa just laughed. Anybody else ever have that?— David Woodland (@DavidSven) March 1, 2018
It didn't chime as if we had accidentally triggered her to wake. She simply just laughed. It was really creepy.
To hear at least one sample of what Alexa sounds like when she wants to scare the crap out of you, check out this tweet of an Alexa-enabled JBL speaker with the giggle fits:
For its part, Amazon says “We’re aware of this and working to fix it.” We hope that fix is pushed out sooner rather than later but it's a reasonable anomaly to consider, since reportedly Alexa has recently learned the skill of humor.