Why your digital home assistant, Alexa, is laughing at you

Amazon Alexa Gets Follow Up Mode for Back-to Back Requests Without Trigger Word Report

Amazon Alexa Gets Follow Up Mode for Back-to Back Requests Without Trigger Word Report

Even if she occasionally laughs creepily at you for no reason, Alexa is still a pretty helpful digital assistant. With Follow-Up Mode turned on, your Echo device will continue to listen for five seconds after responding to your original query.

A lot of people have gotten used to Alexa hearing every word they're saying, but there are occasions when the smart assistant does something weird that reminds us how odd it is to have a digital robot around all the time. If you don't, she'll just go back to sleep automatically without saying anything else.

As CNET reports, follow-up mode is merely an option, so users don't have to worry about being forced to use it. The feature should be available to the entire Echo lineup and some third-party Alexa devices; however, it's only available for US English and won't activate while you're listening to music, streaming an audiobook, or making a call.

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The report adds that the new feature will not let users merge two requests in the same sentence. The company's new setting "follow-up mode" won't let nest one request into another but would let ask to make multiple requests back to back. To end the conversation and be sure it has ended, you can still end the interaction with a "stop" or "thank-you". Presumably, Alexa is smart enough to analyze background noise and discard false requests for follow-up actions. It is now available for all Amazon Echo devices and a few third-party devices.

Amazon's explanation is that #Alexa is programmed to laugh when it hears the words, "Alexa, laugh" and that the home assistant must be picking up sounds that sound like this phrase. You ask Siri, Google or Alexa to hook it up with the facts, they provide an answer, but then you have a follow-up question.

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