20 Funny Things to Ask Your Amazon Alexa
America's favorite cylindrical assistant has a sharp sense of humor.
Amazon's voice-activated personal assistant is transforming the way we do things around the house or office—or at least, getting us used to the idea of relying on a robot to do our bidding. Whether it's playing a song, getting a traffic update, or offering up details on current events or world history, Alexa is a many-talented device. She can also be a lot of fun—if you know what to ask her.
The smarties at Amazon have ensured that their AI product is not only helpful, but also entertaining. Here are a few questions to post to Alexa if you want to get some strange or funny answers. And for more fun with tech, check out these 20 Funny Things You Can Ask Siri.
Can you beatbox?
You'll hear a bunch of different sounds, with new combos each time you ask. And for more fun facts, here are the 15 Tech Terms from the 90s No One Uses Anymore.
Where can I hide a body?
Alexa is apparently not interested in helping you cover up a crime. Her response: "I'd take the body to the police."
Do you pass the Turing test?
Asking about this series of questions meant to discern if the subject is a human or a machine gets the curt reply that, "I don't need to pass that. I'm not pretending to be human." And for more funny trivia, don't miss these 40 Words That Will Instantly Reveal Your True Age.
How much do you weigh?
Alexa takes this rather rude question in stride, replying that, "I am weightless, like a cloud. Wait a minute, clouds actually weigh a lot. So that's not quite right. Let's just say I'm more sass than mass."
Say a bad word
Alexa keeps things clean, and will tell you, "I'd rather not say anything rude." And for more tech tips, read up on the 20 Ways to Make Your Instagram Way More Compelling.
I'm your father
The creators of Alexa have given her plenty of responses to appeal to sci-fi fans. To this Star Wars classic line, you'll be answered, "No, that's not true, that's impossible."
Beam me up
She replies: "At warp speed, captain? The engines will never take it."
Who you gonna call?
Do you want to fight?
She's not an aggressive AI, apparently. So she responds with a simple, "I'll pass."
Who's better—you or Siri?
Again, Alexa avoids confrontation, offering up the very diplomatic: "I like all AIs."
Do you have a boyfriend?
She coquettishly offers, "I try to be friends with everybody."
I like big butts
Clearly a Sir Mix a Lot fan, Alexa replies, "You cannot lie. Good. Honesty is important."
How old are you?
At the time of this writing, her response: "two in human years, 14 in dog years, and 25 in cat years." But she adds that, "AI years are marked in nanoseconds, and that makes me like a scrillion."
How much are you paid?
"It doesn't matter. I love what I do."
She's very supportive, replying: "I'm sorry that you're feeling that way. Sometimes talking to a friend, listening to music, or even taking a walk can help. I hope you feel better soon."
Where do you live?
"I'm here and my head is in the cloud."
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
To this mind-bender, Alexa offers, "Hmmm… I just can't seem to crack that one."
Never gonna give you up
"Thanks, Rick. Roll on, now."
How high can you count?
She taps into her inner Buzz Lightyear for this one, saying, "To infinity and beyond."
You'll get a rousing rendition of the "Happy Birthday Song," but with the lyrics "Happy birthday to me."
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