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AI voice assistants

Amazon Alexa

Got yourself an Echo or similarly Alexa-equipped piece of kit? A host of cheeky quips and secrets await. Here are just a few of our favourite questions to ask her:

  • "Alexa, what is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything?"
  • "Alexa, are we in the Matrix?"
  • "Alexa, speak like Yoda."
  • "Alexa, do you know Hal?"
  • "Alexa, winter is coming."
  • "Alexa, set phasers to kill."
  • "Alexa, are you Skynet?"
  • "Alexa, beam me up."
  • "Alexa, who you gonna call?"
  • "Alexa, do you know Siri?"
  • "Alexa, what do you think about Google Now?"
  • "Alexa, can you pass the Turing test?"
  • "Alexa, is the cake a lie?"
  • "Alexa, do a barrel roll!"
  • "Alexa, all your base are belong to us."
  • "Alexa, what do you think of Mr. Robot?"


Similarly, Apple's own voice assistant isn't above a few inside jokes and cheeky hijinks. Just check out a few of the questions that'll get a rise out of the iAssistant:

  • "Siri, when will the world end?"
  • "Siri, what's the meaning of life?"
  • "Siri, do you have a boyfriend?"
  • "Siri, how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"
  • "Siri, are you her?"
  • "Siri, what came first, the chicken or the egg?"


Finally, we've Microsoft's AI helper - and she, too, has a fair helping of one-liners and quirks to enjoy. Try these:

  • "What does Cortana mean?"
  • "Who's your daddy?"
  • "Do you know Clippy?"
  • "What's the best phone?"
  • "What do you think of Google?"
  • "What do you think of Microsoft Office?"
  • "What do you think of Siri?"
  • "Tell me about Halo"
  • "Beam me up, Scotty!"