Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

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

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

The company said that Alexa could be put back into the sleep mode by using the words "stop" or "thank you" in order to end a string of commands that may probably make conversations with digital voice assistants more compatible. The blue ring will stay lit to show that she is listening, and she'll do her best to interpret any follow up queries intended for her without requiring another wake word.

First of all, Alexa is now able to understand and perform successive tasks without the user having to repeat the trigger word. For example, you can ask the assistant to turn on the lights, and once that task is complete you can then tell it to adjust the temperature.

With Follow-Up Mode, the digital assistant listens for five seconds after she's finished responding. You had to say, "Alexa, set the thermostat to 72".

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Amazon is calling the new feature "follow-up mode", and while it will not let you nest one request into another, the mode will let you ask multiple times back to back.

These incidents have also prompted claims from users saying Alexa speaks up at other times, again, without prompting from them.

Amazon on Wednesday promised to keep virtual assistant Alexa from spontaneously cackling, giving people eerie feelings about what the artificial intelligence might be plotting.

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To enable follow-up mode, open the Alexa app and locate the Settings menu.

Go to Alexa on the web. Presumably, Alexa is smart enough to analyze background noise and discard false requests for follow-up actions.

Not anymore. Follow-Up Mode changes all that. As of now, the "follow-up" mode is available only in English and works only when Alexa is not being used for another continual activity.

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The feature appears to be available for the entire Amazon Echo lineup, as well as some third-party Alexa devices.

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