Amazon's Alexa randomly laughs at users and nobody knows why

Amazon's Alexa randomly laughs at users and nobody knows why”

Amazon has added a new feature for its Alexa voice assistant that you will let you make successive requests without needing to repeat your Echo speaker's wake word, as noted today by CNET.

This isn't enabling compound requests, so you won't be able to ask Alexa to set your nightly alarm and lock your front door all in one request, but you'll at least be able to cut down slightly on the time and number of words necessary for those multiple actions. Interestingly, Amazon says that users can now deliberately prevent Alexa from listening to commands by saying "stop" or "thank you".

Even if she occasionally laughs creepily at you for no reason, Alexa is still a pretty helpful digital assistant. This essentially means that you can not ask Alexa to switch off the lights and change the room temperature at the same time.

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On paper, follow-up mode sounds useful enough. You can notice this by the blue ring on an Echo or other Echo device staying lit up. To fix the issue, Amazon is disabling that command and changing the trigger phrase to "Alexa, can you laugh?"

Though it is not clear as to how that works, Nevertheless, it probably is safe to be said that this feature may not function all of the time at first, or may end up registering some untrue positives from a Netflix show initially until Amazon over the time refines the follow-up mode. For example, this follow-up mode will only work when Alexa is "confident" that the second command is not just background noise from a nearby TV or conversation.

To enable follow-up mode, open the Alexa app and locate the Settings menu. Currently, follow-up mode is only available in English, and will only work when Alexa isn't being used for another persistent activity such as listening to an audiobook or music.

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