Google Alexa Goes Rogue, Leaves Many TERRIFIED

Smart devices can be, well, difficult. Sort of like high maintenance women. If you don’t treat them just right they will laugh and you and creep you out.Liberty Slate

This is happening to Alexa users all over the country as the voice of Amazon seems to have the smart device version of Tourette’s.

…users have been complaining that their devices would laugh randomly or simply refuse to do what they were asked. Is your smart speaker going to murder you in your sleep? Thankfully, no. Amazon has confirmed that it’s aware of the problem and is “working to fix it.” The company hasn’t said what went wrong, but it’s notable that this isn’t a case of accidentally triggering the voice assistant — the laughter has kicked in without triggering the signature blue light that accompanies responses on Echo speakers and other Alexa devices.

That would be enough for many of us out on the fruited plain to ditch the devices. But Amazon doesn’t want We the People to do that.

Whatever the cause, this isn’t what Amazon needed. Alexa suffered an outage as part of a broader cloud service problem just days ago, and it just spent an unearthly sum of money on a Super Bowl ad to persuade people that Alexa was indispensable.

— CaptHandlebar (@CaptHandlebar) February 23, 2018

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