Parenting in the age of Alexa and her ilk

Alexa's new

Answer Update lets Alexa get back to you when she's stumped

After you enable the feature, Alexa will notify you once it learns the answer to a question you've asked previously. Ages later. Probably too late and when you've forgotten why you were asking or found out another way. Clever things, these AIs. But now, the virtual assistant can remember questions it can't answer, and get back to you later if it finds an appropriate response.

Once the feature finishes rolling out and you've opted in, those follow-up notifications will arrive on your Echo device, and they'll work just like the shopping notifications that let Alexa notify you when an order is out for delivery.

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Amazon Alexa doesn't have all the answers. It's not uncommon for digital assistants to be unable to answer certain questions and, until now, the only way to know if the answer had been added to Alexa's database was to ask again in the future.

"The Alexa service is getting smarter every day, and Answer Updates is just another way we're continuing to expand Alexa's Knowledge Graph", an Amazon spokesperson told the news outlet. Spotted by Voicebox, the feature has started showing up on some Alexa-enabled devices in the US. "This means the device's light ring will circulate with a green light and there will be a chime". Usually, when Alexa doesn't know the answer to a question, it replies with statements such as "I don't know, but I am always learning". Unfortunately for Amazon, nobody really uses that feature.

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