Paranormal … Alexa - Amazon's digital assistant laughs and spreads fear to its users!

If you want to ask a follow-up question or issue a second command, the assistant will hear you without you having to call out her name. Now, Amazon has a new feature called "Follow-up Mode" that's created to make exchanges like that feel a lot more natural.

This opt-in feature enables Alexa to listen for five seconds after she's served up her first response. If you don't, she'll just go back to sleep automatically without saying anything else. If you need a lot doing, you can end up saying "Alexa" so many times that it starts to sound like a fake word or that you're going slightly mad talking to someone who isn't actually real.

Easy. Amazon is quick to point out that there are some circumstances where Alexa won't keep listening, so they're worth bearing in mind.

Amazon's digital assistant, Alexa, who, thanks to her artificial intelligence, answers questions and receives orders from users, shows odd symptoms - which refer to parapsychological thrillers - as she suddenly starts without a reason to laugh in a frightening way it can freeze the blood.

Several reports emerged online of Alexa-enabled devices emitting a ghostly cackle. Select the device in question, then scroll down and toggle the Follow-up Mode slider into the on position (it's off by default).

Users of Amazon's Alexa device have reported hearing an unprompted "creepy laugh" coming from the machine. If you say nothing, it will soon go off to show she's stopped listening.

The company said it would change the command to "Alexa, can you laugh?" It also won't activate while you're listening to music, streaming an audiobook or making an Alexa call.

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