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We need to talk about Alexa. The Amazon virtual assistant seems to have taken a dark turn in recent days, emitting an evil-sounding laugh to some avid users, Buzzfeed reported on Monday. READ MORE »
In August 2017 Microsoft and Amazon announced that the Amazon Alexa voice assistant will soon offer a Cortana skill, allowing Echo owners to access information which is only available via Microsoft’s own voice assistant service. The integration was supposed to arrive in 2017, but the two companies missed that deadline. Show More Summary
Amazon knows about the bug and is working to fix it.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Inside the Alexa Prize James Vlahos | Wired “The fevered quest for conversational AI has pitted Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft in a battle for two vital resources. The first is finite: top-shelf PhDs in computer science, who, owing to their scarcity, now command starting salaries well into the six figures. The […]
By Robert Niles: Are you a typer or a talker? That's the big question everyone in the information business is asking about their customers and clients these days. Do people want to ask for information by typing on their computers and...Show More Summary
Venessa Wong, reporting for BuzzFeed: Owners of Amazon Echo devices with the voice-enabled assistant Alexa have been pretty much creeped out of their damn minds recently. People are reporting that the bot sometimes spontaneously starts...Show More Summary
Go home, Alexa. You're scaring people. Over the past week, many owners of the Amazon Echo are claiming their handy virtual assistant has been creeping them out with random fits of strange laughter. Twitter and Reddit users have been reporting this alarming, "witch-like" cackle coming from their devices — sometimes unprompted or as a bizarre response to [...]
Chris Welch, writing for The Verge: A regional outage impacting Amazon’s servers led to Alexa becoming unresponsive on Echo products and other devices that support the assistant. I tried a simple weather inquiry on the Echo Dot in my living room, and the signature blue ring stayed lit up for about 15 seconds without any answer. Show More Summary
Smart thermostat maker ecobee picked up another $61 million this week in a Series C round led by Energy Impact Partners. Other participants in the round include the Amazon Alexa Fund, Relay Ventures and Thomvest. Ecobee has raised $146 million over the last decade. Show More Summary
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“The machine is randomly laughing at me,” may sound like the words of a crazy person, but in 2018 it turns out that it’s a tech illness versus a mental one. Today Amazon.com Inc. confirmed widespread reports that Alexa, the “smart” assistant in the company’s Echo smart speakers, is randomly laughing at people. Show More Summary
Amazon is "aware" Alexa is laughing at you and is "working to fix it," the Verge reports. Hold on, what? Starting in February, owners of Alexa-enabled devices began reporting laughter coming from their digital personal assistants, occasionally without any sort of prompting whatsoever. "Lying in bed about to fall asleep...
Amazon admits Alexa is creepily laughing at people.
Amazon Echo users have reported hearing Alexa laughing for no reason.
HomePod may leave a lot to be desired in its current state (and the occasional wood-stained ring), but we’ve seen no reports of Siri spontaneously laughing for no apparent reason. The same can no longer be said for Amazon Echo’s Alexa… more…