4 takeaways from Amazon Alexa's bone-chilling, unprompted laughter

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Reports of Amazon's virtual artificial intelligence (AI) assistant Alexa behaving strangely have recently made the rounds on the news and social media. Several Alexa-enabled devices have reportedly started talking or laughing without being prompted, or doing so instead of performing a command. Naturally, Alexa owners who heard this freaked out, with many resorting to turning off the AI assistants or unplugging their devices. These incidents didn't go unnoticed by Amazon, which immediately set out to fix the bug. On March 7, Amazon released a statement explaining Alexa's sudden gleeful outbursts: "In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase'Alexa, laugh,'" the company said.