If you've seen Terminator, you'll know that it's only a matter of time before we make machines so advanced that they rise up against us. They're already beating us at Jeopardy and chess. Despite the threat of a mechanical revolution, we're all more than happy to put home assistants like Amazon's Echo in our homes to make ordering groceries that little bit easier.
But that might be about to change. Why? Because the voice of Amazon's Echo, Alexa, has started laughing at people when they issue her with commands and has even been laughing when no orders have been issued. Which is terrifying.
Amazon confirmed that it is working to fix an issue with the device after The Verge initially reported the odd behavior, though they didn't provide any further details on the issue. Unsurprisingly, social media users have been pretty creeped out by their home assistants laughing at them.
One user even reported that their Alexa started listing off local funeral homes at random.
Replying bc THIS creepy thing happened last night: we got home and, totally unprompted, our Amazon Echo/Alexa started talking. And then i realized it was listing off local cemeteries and funeral homes??? I'd rather it laugh at me tbh— Kamo Boomin (@HeyItsKamo) March 7, 2018
Even Elon Musk seems to think it's the end.
We went too far, humanity.
If anyone wants to start organizing the human resistance now, we're happy to talk.
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
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.
unprompted, my alexa just said "sure, I can laugh: tee hee" and I'm moving out now— Daniel (@ddanielclemens) March 7, 2018
Alexa is laughing at a lot of people.
so my mom & I are just sitting in the living room, neither of us said a word & our Alexa lit up and laughed for no reason. she didn’t even say anything, just laughed.— taylor wade (@taylorkatelynne) March 5, 2018
we unplugged her.
So I just used my Alexa to set a two-minute timer while trying to do a plank.........— 🙃 Kat Chow 🙃 (@katchow) February 15, 2018
......... and I asked how much time I had left and she LAUGHED
Do you think this is the end?
either i’m suppperrrr fucking high or my alexa just fucking laughed— trin💛 (@trinbabyyyy) February 19, 2018
Alexa just randomly laughed and there is no one talking in the house . My cat and I just looked at each other like 👀— J£nnmonger (@malarkeysalad) February 19, 2018
MY ALEXA JUST LAUGHED WHILE I SAID NOTHING. IT CHUCKLED— shantel (@reinventshantel) February 16, 2018
Hope you're ready for the apocalypse, people.