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Warning: Your Amazon Alexa May Be Plotting Your Demise

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A number of Alexa owners have reported their personal AI assistants displaying some disturbing behavior. One Twitter user posted a video of her Alexa randomly laughing maniacally, apparently with no provocation.

Apparently, this isn’t an unusual occurrence, either. Amazon told BuzzFeed that they’re “aware of this and working to fix it.”

I’ve had my Alexa randomly start talking, sometimes with no one in the room. It’s usually just a simple “I didn’t catch that” which I assume is because it was triggered by something on the television in the next room. Occasionally she says longer sentences for no reason. But I’ve never experienced any of this very HAL-like behavior.

Random laughter from echo dot?? from r/amazonecho

As if the whole listening-in-on-your-conversations thing wasn’t creepy enough, this might be the motivation I need to bury my Alexa in my basement forever. What about you all? Will you fight or welcome our tiny, helpful robot overlords?

(via Twitter, image: Amazon)

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Vivian Kane (she/her) has a lot of opinions about a lot of things. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband Brock Wilbur and too many cats.