The basic idea is simple, and obvious in hindsight. Amazon acknowledged on Wednesday that some of its Alexa-enabled devices have developed a new skill: creeping out their owners with unexpected and unwarranted bursts of robotic laughter. Even, needless to say, just mentioning the word Alexa can get her going and seeking a command. The blue ring on your Alexa device of choice will light up during these 5 seconds to indicate that she's listening.
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An explanation for this behavior, which Amazon has given, according to the British "Guardian" and the BBC, is that in some rare cases the personal digital assistant listens to the non-existent command "Alexa laughed".
Amazon's digital assistant, Alexa, who, thanks to her artificial intelligence, answers questions and receives orders from users, shows unusual symptoms - which refer to parapsychological thrillers - as she suddenly starts without a reason to laugh in a frightening way it can freeze the blood. This was the same reason why one of Amazon's solutions was to scrap the "Alexa, laugh" prompt and replace it with the more specific "Alexa, can you laugh?" phrase. To end a "conversation" you can say something like "thank you" or "stop" while Alexa is listening for a follow-up. You can't, for instance, say "Alexa, turn off the lights and set the thermostat to 68". If no follow-up question is being asked, the device will restore to the sleep mode. Just make sure you have the latest Alexa app installed, have it synced with your contacts and you can then ask Alexa to call or send messages to friends and family, or drop in with any Echo device you have in your contacts. It also won't activate while you're listening to music, streaming an audiobook or making an Alexa call.