From Farhad Manjoo's update on Alexa, a small and nicely creepy short short story:
My wife and I were just settling into bed one night when Alexa, the other woman in my life, decided to make herself heard.
Without being summoned, the Amazon Echo Dot at my bedside — one of the half-dozen devices that Alexa inhabits in our house — lit up its spectral blue ring, as if it had heard its triggering wake word, “Alexa.” But instead of offering help with some household chore, the voice assistant began to wail, like a child screaming in a horror-movie dream.
“Huh,” I said to my wife when it was over. She said something less kind.
But here’s what’s really strange: By the next morning, we had forgotten all about it.
There is also a nice coda:
(An Amazon representative offered to investigate, but said the company had never heard of such a thing happening before and didn’t think Alexa was even capable of making such a sound.)
It's interesting to see well-established horror tropes from mobile devices (the mysterious sound coming unbidden) map onto AI fears (it's autonomous! it's alive!) and combine in the domestic space (the couple were in bed).