For some, it might be a bit too — uh — mean. TechRepublic: Let's cover the back story pretty fast, since it's been written about elsewhere. For users who own multiple Echo devices, the Drop In feature enables them to use it as intercom system. This is actually quite terrifying. Take a look at the wave form below. In Business Insider's own testing, it appears the new command is working. Remember that not only are there thousands of commands for Alexa to parse, the sound waves are not pristine.
In fact, it shows just how far they've got to go. A few weeks ago, tech columnist Farhad Manjoo wrote in the New York Times about how. Alexa's developers, in the aftermath of the outcry, have changed Alexa's command sequence for a laugh. That said, there are commands that could cause folks to think Alexa's lost its marbles. Pixel our pup often barks at noises only he can hear. They always seem to get a groan or a chuckle from us here in the office and both are welcome.
Given how sensitive Alexa has to be to process wake words, sometimes Alexa will react to a sound even one we might not hear or notice and interpret that as a wake word. Amazon isn't the only tech giant whose artificial intelligence has developed a mind of its own. Music may be playing in another room. Take a look at the wave form below. The headline has been updated to reflect this new information. Below is part of a transcript of the Facebook bots conversation: Bob: i can i i everything else.
How a command is interpreted Alexa responds to lots and lots of commands. Because Alexa is always listening and waits for a trigger word followed by a command, this is somewhat plausible. This article was originally published by. In Business Insider's own testing, it appears the new command is working. Actually, by definition, that last may not, technically, be entirely true.
But what I'm about to discuss applies to any active listening voice recognition system. In the case of the creepy laugh behavior, it's highly probable that Alexa was responding to false positives. The dot we have in the master bath has twice now randomly played a track of a woman laughing at about 10 p. There was also discussion on Reddit about the spontaneous laughter. The Echo works by constantly listening for the 'wake word' — either 'Alexa' or 'Amazon' by default — and then records your voice and transfers it to a processor for analysis so that it can fulfil requests or answer questions.
That allows the prankster to set up the prank, leave the room, and then torture whomever happens to be near the device when it screams. Be sure to follow me on Twitter at , on Facebook at , on Instagram at. Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me Bob: i. Essentially, this allows the system to take a variety of utterances and treat them as the same command. But whether or not Alexa heard something outside is something we'll never know.
Meanie is not for everyone and parents: test it out before letting your kids play. Building a machine learning system that can parse all those variables, achieving a practical balance between too many false positives without seeming to ignore requests, is and I'll use the phrase again non-trivial. Once opened Alexa will listen to whatever you have to talk about and when you take a pause, will chime in with affirmation that all of her focus is on you. Then you might like this one. You can't have Alexa wake up spontaneously, or that would be disturbing. What happens when an Internet failure hits the world of Internet of Things? The device accomplishes that in a couple of ways.
Idk what was so funny, Alexa but please don't try to kill me in my sleep — Britt britschruefer Hearing laugh late at night when I didn't expect it, is the most momentarily frightening thing I have experienced. The Comedy King skill can tell you a hopefully funny joke, while Comedy Dog tells you jokes about man's best friend. So, too, is the voice synthesis response, because the only variable is the string of words to be spoken. Ever wonder why your cat is staring blankly at you or what it means when they are ignoring the new cat food you put out to them? In recent weeks, Echo owners have reported that their Amazon Echo devices have begun to laugh at random. If, and only if, the device determines that the sound it just heard is the wake word, then it starts processing the follow-on sounds.
Acting on commands Of all Alexa does, acting on commands is the easiest part. Other voice assistants also use wake words. The skills library is Alexa's version of an app store, where outside, non-Amazon developers can build custom code that waits for a certain Alexa command and then executes some behavior. The Comedy Central skill, meanwhile, offers routines from well-known comedians, while The Tonight Show serves up monologues from host Jimmy Fallon. Although considerably rarer, there's also the possibility that an update changed Alexa's code and introduced a bug.