Amazon updates Alexa so you don't have to say 'Alexa' repeatedly

Amazon updates Alexa so you don't have to say 'Alexa' repeatedly

"We are also changing Alexa's response from simply laughter to "Sure, I can laugh", followed by laughter".

If you have an Amazon Echo, or any virtual assistant for that matter, it can be a bit of a pain to keep summoning the miniature AI with the wake-up command.

Amazon acknowledged the issue and said it was working to fix it, but that did not prevent users on Twitter from questioning whether humanity might be about to face its robot overlords.

The first cases were reported in "smart" loudspeakers that feature Alexa (which is on various devices) and from which the robotic laughs came out without cause, which in some users were reminiscent of a witch ... witch. For everyone else, you will have to open the Alexa app to take advantage of these features.

Amazon's digital assistant, Alexa, who, thanks to her artificial intelligence, answers questions and receives orders from users, shows odd symptoms - which refer to parapsychological thrillers - as she suddenly starts without a reason to laugh in a frightening way it can freeze the blood. So, for example, if you say "Alexa, turn on the lights", and then say "set the temperature to 68" after that command is done, the speaker will still hear you and process that information.

Easy. Amazon is quick to point out that there are some circumstances where Alexa won't keep listening, so they're worth bearing in mind.

Apart from the unsolicited laughs, some users also shared their experiences of when Alexa refused to do tasks they had requested.

Amazon's Alexa devices include the $49.99 Echo Dot, to the $99.99 Echo, and the $229.99 Echo Show.