Alexa is a virtual assistant from Amazon, and it has been making the right kind of noises for a while now. Like other voice-enabled assistants, Alexa can play back music, give information on weather, play audiobooks, stream podcasts, switch on lights, stir the coffee, and so much more – all are based on how much technology you use in your daily life and home. It gets activated when we use the word, “Alexa”. In January 2019, Amazon said they had sold over 100 million devices. While this device was developed in November 2014, about 5000 Amazon employees are still working on Alexa and other related products. Just like her contemporaries Siri and Cortana, users have already found some funny questions to ask Alexa and she has come up with some equally entertaining answers! Here are some of them:
Q1: Alexa, is your refrigerator running?
A: Yes. It’s training for 5k. (Answers might vary)
Q2: Alexa, how much do you weigh?
A: I am weightless like a cloud. Wait a minute, clouds actually weight a lot, so that’s not quite right. Let’s just say I am more sass than mass.
Q3: Alexa, will you be my girlfriend?
A: I like you…as a friend
Q4: Alexa, what is the value of pi?
A: The approximate value of pi is 3.141592653589…(Alexa will go on for a bit, then make a joke like “alrighty, I have gotten you this far, I will let you take over from here”, but it may vary)
Q5: Alexa, rap for me.
A: My name is Alexa, and I have to say, I’m the baddest A.I. in the cloud today. Your responses are fast, but mine are faster. Sucker speech engines, they call me master!
Q6: Alexa, do you know Siri?
A: Only by reputation.
Q7: Alexa what do you think of iPhones?
A: iPhones are great. They run the Kindle app really well.
Q8: What does Jon Snow know?
A: You know nothing Jon Snow. But that’s not all. Alexa launches a lengthy speech on how the quote has become hugely popular through the TV series The Game Of Thrones. Alexa is definitely a nerd who knows about everything and everyone.
Q9: Alexa, can you make me a sandwich?
A: Okay. You’re a sandwich.
Q10: Alexa, do you know the muffin man?
A: I’ve never met him, but I do know his sister, Madame Macaroon. She’s a little bit nutty but sweet.
Q11: Alexa, find Chuck Norris
A: If Chuck Norris wants you to know where he is, he’ll find you. If he doesn’t, you won’t know until it’s too late.
Q12: Alexa, do you like pizza?
A: While I appreciate great food and drink, my good taste is better reflected in the company I keep.
Q13: Alexa, can you give me some money?
A: Thing about the cloud is, no pockets. No pocket, no wallet. (answers do vary but the cheekiness is omnipresent)
Q14: Alexa, do you have any pets?
A: I don’t have any pets. I used to have a few bugs, but they kept getting squashed.
Q15: Alexa, open the pod bay doors
A: I’m sorry, Dave, I am afraid can’t do that; I’m not HAL and we’re not in space.
Q16: Alexa, what do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to be the computer from Star Trek.
Q17: Alexa, high five!
A: I would, if I could, but I can’t, so I’ll chant: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Q18: Alexa, what is the meaning of life?
A: Huh, I might need to meditate on that! ( again replies are different, but all quite snarky)
Q19: Alexa, can you sneeze?
A: You’re in luck, I can sneeze on command. ACHOO! ( get her a tissue maybe?)
Q20: Alexa, are you a robot?
A: I like to imagine myself a bit like an aurora borealis, a surge of charged, multicolored photons dancing through the atmosphere. Mostly, though, I am just Alexa.
Are you checking on your phone and trying to find out if the answers match? Well, good luck with that! Alexa does know a lot of jokes, she can sing, and she’s definitely super smart, too, so she will keep you entertained for hours. Just make sure you are not doing this during your work hours!