Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

New Alexa setting makes follow-up questions much easier to ask

New Alexa setting makes follow-up questions much easier to ask

Amazon also says that Alexa will only respond to follow-up requests that she's reasonably sure are actually requests for Alexa, so there may be some hits and misses in the early days as Amazon's computers figure out how best to hear what you're asking without the original wake word in the beginning each time.

Launched in 2014 by Amazon, the Alexa digital assistant has spread from the company's Echo voice-commanded speakers to millions of devices, even cars. Alexa asks your name and offers to create your own personalized workout profile and program. Apparently, Alexa was hearing the phrase "Alexa, laugh" instead of whatever command the user had issued. Alexa won't nest one request into another, but it will accommodate multiple requests back to back.

The user is not required to call out Alexa again, and if they don't say anything at all, Alexa will go back to sleep. Immediately following the AI's response, the user can say, "set the thermostat to 24", and Alexa will confirm the second command. Presumably, Alexa is smart enough to analyze background noise and discard false requests for follow-up actions.

As CNET reports, follow-up mode is merely an option, so users don't have to worry about being forced to use it.

Scroll down to the Follow-Up Mode toggle and turn it on.

Not anymore. Follow-Up Mode changes all that.

So, it'll be interesting to see how well this feature works going forward.

Though it is not clear as to how that works, Nevertheless, it probably is safe to be said that this feature may not function all of the time at first, or may end up registering some untrue positives from a Netflix show initially until Amazon over the time refines the follow-up mode.

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

Like this: