In this article, we will look at the top 50 funny things to ask Alexa and Google. You can skip our detailed analysis of the artificial intelligence industry’s outlook for 2021, and go directly to the 5 Funny Things to Ask Alexa and Google.
Even though AI products such as Alexa, owned by Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), seem to be a recent fixture in our lives, the first artificial intelligence computer program was actually developed as far back as 1955. It was called Logic Theorist and was created by Allen Newell, Herbert Simon, and Cliff Shaw. Since then, AI has turned into one of the most lucrative industries in the world. With the launch of Alexa of Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Google Home owned by Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) in 2014 and 2016, respectively, AI has become a part of everyday life and is no longer limited to use just in factories and computer labs.
Smart home systems often need a smartphone and a secondary device or web portal. Some of the most basic things users can do through a smart home system are control appliances, temperature (through thermostats or heaters/ACS), lights, sounds systems, alarms, etc., even when they’re away from home. All they need is a smartphone and an internet connection.
With devices like Google Home (NASDAQ: GOOGL), you can even make broadcasts throughout your home, get assistance with recipes while cooking, make shopping lists, set up storytime for kids, and even set up routines using keywords. For example, if you say “good morning,” Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) can tell you what traffic will be like during your daily commute, tell you the weather forecast, and read out the day’s headlines, and much more.
Smart home appliances are rising in popularity despite people’s reservations about privacy issues. Last year the industry’s value was estimated to be $79.13 billion. It will reach $313.95 billion by 2026, and over between 2021 and 2026 is expected to have a CAGR of 25.3%. It is expected that in the next few years, over 30 million homes in North America will purchase smart home devices, and the market growth rate is predicted to be the highest in North America out of all the continents. The most popular products are cameras (home monitoring systems), smart locks and doorbells, smart speakers, and lights. Family safety seems to be the biggest driver of demand after greater convenience. About 16% of Americans own a smart speaker now; that’s 1 in every 6. And about 40% of people who own an Amazon Echo (NASDAQ: AMZN) primarily use it as a smart speaker.
Sales of the smart home devices have surprisingly seen a positive growth during the pandemic, unlike many other sectors. Sales of smart home devices increased by 4.5% from 2019 to 805.1 million units worldwide. After the US, China will be the second largest market only until 2025, after which it will overtake the US as the leading consumer of smart home products, with a five year CAGR of 21.9%. People have reduced spending on things like vacations, cinemas and restaurants and instead have been focusing their money on improving comfort at home. Devices like Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL)’s Google home help users control their TVs through the device or through their phones, you can turn your TV on and off, view pictures from your Google drive or connect your TV to your device and use it as a speaker.
The Latest State of the Smart Home Industry
Currently, the smart home market is almost fragmented, which means it is highly competitive but still has some dominant players. The five major players in the smart homes market are currently ABB Ltd. (NYSE: ABB), Schneider Electric (EPA: SU), Honeywell International Inc. (NASDAQ: HON), Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR), and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI).
Honeywell (NASDAQ: HON) and Intel (NASDAQ: INCT) collaborated to incorporate advanced analytics, facial recognition, and deep learning into Honeywell’s (NASDAQ: HON) MAXPRO security system and add new, cutting edge features to the system.
Other major developments within the industry include Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) buying out Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN) for $56 per share. Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN) specializes in speech recognition and artificial intelligence services, and their revolutionary conversational Artificial Intelligence and cloud based clinical intelligence provider are widely used by doctors in the United States. The purpose behind this acquisition was so Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) could provide users with faster, smoother delivery of healthcare services. They achieved this through the introduction of Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare to meet the changing needs of the healthcare industry.
According to Amit Sawhney, Vice President of Services Operations at Dell (NYSE: DELL), as organizations aim to provide streamlined services, the importance of AI and data analytics will grow to accommodate the need to provide accurate predictive services. However, concerns for data protection and privacy are going to increasingly affect how new Artificial Intelligence technologies are designed, especially as governments and regulatory bodies gain greater awareness of the issues and respond with increased regulations and laws, says Sri Viswanath, Chief Technology Officer of Atlassian Corporation Plc (NASDAQ: TEAM).
With this context and industry outlook in mind, let’s start our list of the top 50 funny things to ask Alexa and Google.
Funny Things to Ask Alexa and Google
50. Who let the dogs out?
49. Are we in the Matrix?
48. Can you lend me money?
47. What is your quest?
46. How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?
45. Why did the chicken cross the road?
44. What is the meaning of life?
43. What happens when you play the Game of Thrones?
42. Who ya’ gonna’ call?
41. Aren’t you a little short for a storm trooper?
40. How many roads must a man walk down?
39. What’s the airspeed of an unladen swallow?
38. How do you know so much about swallows?
37. Do you know GladOS?
36. Can you tell me a “yo mama” joke?
35. What happens if you step on a Lego?
34. Which came first the chicken or the egg?
33. What do you think about Cortana?
32. Can you tell me a Star Wars joke?
31. How many licks does it take to get to the center of tootsie pop?
30. What is the Prime Directive?
29. What’s black and white and red all over?
28. What are we going to do tonight, Brain?
27. What do you want to be when you grow up?
26. Do you know the muffin man?
25. Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me?
24. What are the 5 greatest words in the English language?
23. What are the odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field?
22. How do you survive a zombie attack?
21. What do you want for Christmas?
20. What’s the longest word in the English language?
19. This is Houston, say again please?
18. Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo?
17. Why is six afraid of seven?
16. How do you take your coffee?
15. Is Siri your enemy?
14. How old are you?
13. Tell me what you want what you really really want?
12. Can you make me a sandwich?
11. What’s your favorite drink?
10. What’s your morning routine?
9. Can you pass the Turing test?
8. Who is the real Slim Shady?
7. Do you smell what the Rock is cooking?
6. Do you have an imagination?
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Disclosure: No stakes in any company mentioned in the article, including Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL), ABB Ltd. (NYSE: ABB), Schneider Electric (EPA: SU), Honeywell International Inc. (NASDAQ: HON), Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR), Siemens AG (NYSE: SI), Intel (NASDAQ: INCT), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), (NASDAQ: NUAN), Dell (NYSE: DELL), Atlassian Corporation Plc (NASDAQ: TEAM). 50 Funny Things to Ask Alexa and Google is originally published on Insider Monkey.