Humanity appears safe for the time being, but Alexa may still have the last laugh. Amazon has since recognized the issue and promised to work on a fix.
Amazon's Alexa smart home assistant just got a little bit smarter and a little bit easier to talk to.
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.
Now available on all hands-free Alexa-enabled devices set to US English, this feature lets you make follow-up requests without repeating the wake word.
Amazon will change the command for laughter to "Alexa, can you laugh?" and disable the shorter command.More news: Indian Wells: Federer, Serena wins; Djokovic loses
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"We are also changing Alexa's response from simply laughter to "Sure, I can laugh", followed by laughter". 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.
Alexa will not listen for a follow-up question if the Echo device is playing music or audiobooks, or if you are on a call through the Echo.
Users also don't have to worry about Alexa thinking that it has been given a follow-up command when they're talking to someone else in the room.
There were even claims that when a user told Alexa to turn off the lights, the AI assistant "refused" to and laughed while doing the opposite.
Google and Amazon are the two biggest players in the smart speaker market, and the two are constantly battling it out to deliver the best features before one another.