Amazon's Alexa letting Out Eerie Laugh


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. If you have anything else to ask her, you can just ask it without needing to say her name first.

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

Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant, has been busting out with a weird laugh at random intervals for some users, freaking them out. The blue ring on your Alexa device of choice will light up during these 5 seconds to indicate that she's listening. It is often annoying while using digital assistants that you have to speak a particular "wake" word after every request, such as "Hey Siri" in the HomePod, "Ok Google" in Google Home, or "Alexa" in Amazon speakers.

The Alexa team has also disabled the phrase "Alexa, laugh" as a trigger.

Once that's complete, say "Alexa, what's my flash briefings?" and Alexa will give you an update on the leading stories of the day. Once there, select the specific device, and then tap on the Follow-Up Mode toggle to turn it on. The blue light will go out as usual to show that Alexa is no longer listening.

Not anymore. Follow-Up Mode changes all that. Will you be activating this setting on your Echo device (s)? 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.

It'll be interesting to see how well this works. But perhaps Amazon should focus on developing Alexa's smarts further so that it may one day be able to recognize multiple commands in the same sentence.

The feature is available on all hands-free Alexa-enabled devices.