Amazon’s Alexa can make your life easier in several ways. That said, the virtual assistant isn’t exactly known for its humor. For some people that’s fine, but others would prefer a little more personality.
If you don’t think Alexa has a sense of humor, it’s because you’re not asking the right questions. Once you know a few tricks, Alexa will have both you and your friends cracking up.
1. Small Talk
To start, try asking some things that you’d normally ask your family or roommate. For example, try:
Alexa, how was your day?
Alexa has a few different answers to this question, and they’re all pretty funny.
2. Other Virtual Assistants
It turns out Alexa has opinions about the other virtual assistants out there. Some are positive, while others are less so.
Alexa, do you know Cortana?
The above will get you a funny answer, and Alexa seems to like Cortana. On the other hand, asking the following will see Alexa acting more aloof.
Alexa, do you know Siri?
Alexa knows more than just other virtual assistants, too, so try asking about some other popular figures.
3. Let’s Get Musical
You can ask Alexa to get musical in a few different ways:
Alexa, sing a song.
Alexa, rap for me.
Alexa, drop a beat.
Alexa, can you beatbox?
All of the above will see Alexa react in different ways. It turns out she has a decent singing voice.
4. Play to Alexa’s (Virtual) Strengths
As you might imagine, Alexa is pretty smart. If you ask the right sort of question, you can see this first-hand. For example:
Alexa, what is the value of pi?
The virtual assistant will start listing the numbers, but will get tired of it eventually.
5. To Be or Not to Be?
Alexa is aware that she is a virtual assistant, so asking the right questions will get her to fill in some details for you.
Alexa, how old are you?
The above will get you a joke about how old Alexa is in nanoseconds or something similar. The following will give you a look at what life in the cloud is like.
Alexa, what do you weigh?
If you just want Alexa to tell you a joke, all you have to do is request it:
Alexa, tell me a joke.
You can also start with the setup for a joke:
Alexa, why did the chicken cross the road?
7. Food and Drink
Alexa has some strong opinions on some foods and beverages. Just try asking one of these questions:
Alexa, do you like pizza?
Alexa, what is you favorite food?
Alexa, what is your favorite drink?
Alexa, make me a sandwich.
The answer to the last one is a little sassy.
Alexa knows a lot about animals, even how to sound like one. Want to see for yourself? Ask one of the following:
Alexa, can you bark?
Just make sure your pets don’t get upset.
9. Get Personal
If you want to see Alexa get a little creeped out, ask one of these questions.
Alexa, will you be my girlfriend?
Alexa, will you marry me?
It turns out Alexa likes you, but not like that.
10. Movies and Video Games
Alexa knows a lot about movies and games. The following questions will get you all sorts of fun answers:
Alexa, beam me up.
Alexa, is the cake a lie?
Alexa, I am your father.
You might see the punchline to the last one coming, but it’s still funny.
Want to Actually Get Something Done?
Once you’re done exposing Alexa’s more humorous side, it’s time to get back to the actual useful features. Of course, once you’ve used Alexa a bit, you get to know the basic features. That said, the A.I. virtual assistant has a few tricks up its sleeve.