Amazon has added a new mode called follow-up for Alexa

Alexa's random creepy laughter is freaking out Echo users

Alexa's random creepy laughter is freaking out Echo users

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. Amazon is calling the new setting "follow-up mode", and while it won't let you nest one request into another, it will let you ask make multiple requests back to back. Immediately following the AI's response, the user can say, "set the thermostat to 24", and Alexa will confirm the second command. They still have to divide those into two, but now without needing to say "Alexa" each time.

There are potential problems here, though. For instance, this follow-up mode only works when Alexa is "confident" the second command is not just background noise from a conversation or a program on TV.

Lying in bed about to fall asleep when Alexa on my Amazon Echo Dot lets out a very loud and creepy laugh... there's a good chance I get murdered tonight. There are certain twists here that Amazon might need ironing out.

According to the reports, the "follow-up mode" is opt-in and available for every device in the Echo lineup and some third-party Echo devices as well. Once there, select the specific device, and then tap on the Follow-Up Mode toggle to turn it on.

As CNET reports, follow-up mode is merely an option, so users don't have to worry about being forced to use it. The blue ring on your Echo will remain lit to indicate that she's still listening.

On paper, follow-up mode sounds useful enough.

"We are changing that phrase to be "Alexa, can you laugh?' which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance 'Alexa, laugh". Maybe the company is already heading in that direction.

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