Alexa's random creepy laughter is freaking out Echo users

Isaac Cain
March 11, 2018

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. Alexa won't nest one request into another, but it will accommodate multiple requests back to back. In case the user does not give any command for the five seconds, Alexa goes back to sleep.

Amazon has taken action after users of its digital assistant Alexa reported it randomly laughing, leading some to feel "freaked out".

The Alexa team has also disabled the phrase "Alexa, laugh" as a trigger. This essentially means that you can not ask Alexa to switch off the lights and change the room temperature at the same time.

Not anymore. Follow-Up Mode changes all that. In order to ask that follow-up question, you have to say "Hey, Siri", "Hey, Google" or "Alexa" all over again. Once there, select the specific device, and then tap on the Follow-Up Mode toggle to turn it on.

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

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Several people who own Amazon's Echo speakers have reported a odd bug: The Alexa voice assistant has been laughing for apparently no reason.

Amazon told AFP it looked into what was going on and found that sometimes Alexa mistakenly registers the phrase "Alexa laugh" and obeys.

Follow-up mode will not activate if you are talking to someone using the call feature, listening to your favourite songs, or enjoying an audiobook. There's the fact that for it to determine a command is indeed a follow-up, Alexa must first be "confident" that the second command isn't just background noise from people chattering or a dialog from a TV program.

The feature is now only available in US English in the US.

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