Amazon Echo gadgets are doing ‘witch-like’ laughs and refusing to obey their owners

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Remember that bit in 2001: A Space Odyssey when the computer turns evil and purrs, ‘I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that’?

Amazon Echo gadgets are doing 'witch-like' laughs and refusing to obey their owners 1Woman with epilepsy so severe she set herself on fire sees benefits removed

We may have reached that moment with Amazon’s now-ubiquitous Echo devices, which seem to be emitting ‘evil’ and ‘witch-like’ laughs and refusing to obey their masters.

One user claims that Alexa refused to turn the lights in his house off, repeatedly turning them on with an ‘evil laugh’

So is it time to unplug the devices and shove them into a toaster before they turn on us and murder us all in our sleep?

Quite possibly.

Amazon’s Alexa is supposed to laugh when you tell it a joke – but users are reporting that the devices are laughing at inappropriate moments.

Inappropriate… and sometimes alarming.

Metro has reached out to Amazon for comment on whether the devices really are plotting our demise.

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