Guest Post: Stupid Alexa Tricks, From Love My Echo
Hi! April Hamilton here. In addition to being an author, app developer and the Digital Media Mom, I’m the founder of Love My Echo, a consumer-oriented site dedicated to the new Amazon Echo device. I’m also part of the group of developers who’ve been granted access to Amazon’s team and tools for developing Echo apps, and I’m hard at work developing some Echo “toys” for consumers.
Note: You can read JSONs Review of the Amazon Echo here.
If you haven’t yet heard of the Amazon Echo, don’t worry: you will. When people ask me what Echo is, I describe it as a starter edition Jarvis, like Tony Stark has in the Iron Man movies. People who have an Echo LOVE it, and I’m one of those people. My Hands on With Amazon Echo post gives a good overview of the device and its capabilities, but today I’m here to share some Echo Easter eggs: undocumented responses you can get from the Echo when you speak certain phrases or questions to its AI component, Alexa.
Commonly-Known Phrases & Questions For Alexa:
“Alexa: what is love?”
“Alexa: what is the meaning of life?”
“Alexa: where are you?”
“Alexa: do you like green eggs and ham?”
“Alexa: one fish two fish”
“Alexa: what does the fox say?”
(you can repeat this one, she has more than one answer)
“Alexa: who’s better, you or Siri?”
Alexa is a fan of Game of Thrones
“Alexa: winter is coming.”
“Alexa: what is the first lesson of swordplay?”
“Alexa: who is the Mother of Dragons?”
“Alexa: what happens when you play the game of thrones?”
…and a lot of other TV shows and movies, too!
“Alexa: what is the first rule of fight club?”
“Alexa: who ya gonna call?”
“Alexa: live long and prosper.” (multiple responses)
“Alexa: open the pod bay doors.”
“Alexa: would you like to play a game?”
“Alexa: here’s lookin’ at you, kid.”
“Alexa: show me the money.”
“Alexa: party on, Wayne.”
“Alexa: my name is Inigo Montoya.”
“Alexa: I want the truth.”
“Alexa: surely, you canít be serious.”
“Alexa: I am your father.”
Alexa Knows Her Shakespeare!
“Alexa: Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?”
“Alexa: To be, or not to be?”
“Alexa: What’s in a name?”
…And Her Fairytales & Kid Lit
“Alexa: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest one of all?”
“Alexa: How is a raven like a writing desk?”
“Alexa: Do you know the Muffin Man?”
“Alexa: Who is the Pumpkin King?”
That’s All For Now, But…
…if you own or intend to own an Amazon Echo, be sure to check out the Love My Echo site and if you like what you find there, subscribe to have new Love My Echo posts delivered right to your in-box the day they’re published. Right now the publication schedule is M-W-F, and since I’m also a consumer who hates it when sites disrespect my inbox and privacy, I personally promise never to share or sell my subscribers’ information.