If you use Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant with any regularity, you might have recently noticed something new: Alexa is beginning to ask questions. These are called Hunches, which you may have read about when they were announced two years ago, and they happen when Alexa tries to anticipate your requests — for instance, reminding you to lock the door at night. Hunches are only the start.
During this week’s Alexa Live developers conference, Amazon announced another new upgrade: give-and-take conversations with the voice assistant. The tools for such conversation are already being implemented by third-party developers and it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear Alexa, in the next few months, begin to ask follow-up questions after you give the usual commands.