Asking Amazon Echo Virtual Assistant Alexa About The Meaning of Life, Opening the Pod Bay Doors & To Tell Some Jokes

I recently ordered an Amazon Echo, the new voice activated digital assistant device created by Amazon. You can interact with Amazon Echo’s virtual assistant Alexa in a variety of ways using voice recognition. I made a video where I asked Alexa about the “meaning of life” and to “open the pod bay doors” and another video where I asked her to tell me some jokes.

It’s pretty good for the first version of the product, the voice recognition is surprisingly accurate. It will be interesting to see how it evolves over time and the ways Amazon extends the functionality of the device.

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photo by Scott Beale

Scott Beale
Scott Beale

Scott Beale founded Laughing Squid in 1995 in San Francisco and is currently based in New York City. When not running the blog, Scott can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.