Alexa-enabled devices have been updated to allow users follow up with a second question for Alexa without needing to say "Alexa" again, CNET reported Friday, allowing for a more natural conversation.
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.
The have been widespread reports that Amazon Alexa has been freaking users out by giving a creepy laugh at unexpected moments and even reading out the names of funeral homes.
When more and more related user stories began to circulate online, Amazon eventually recognized the problem and promised to do something about it. A third user asked Alexa to play music, and she laughed.
"Amazon has acknowledged that this was happening-they say that the speaker was hearing the prompt, 'Alexa, laugh, ' and that's why it was bursting out into laughter", said Tsukayama. The company suggested in an email that the laughs had occurred "in rare circumstances" because the speaker was picking up a "false positive" for the command "Alexa, laugh". One fix will involve disabling the phrase: "Alexa, laugh", and they have also changed the command to "Alexa, can you laugh?" It will also program Alexa to preface its simulacrum of human emotion with the phrase: "Sure, I can laugh".
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