Voice-activated devices have made our lives easier.
From the iPhone’s Siri to voice commands which are becoming standard in any new vehicle, these systems have allowed us to multi-task, while entertaining us and, at times, frustrate us.
— Amazon Echo (@amazonecho) May 4, 2017
If you’re an iPhone user, you know that if you ask Siri what zero divided by zero is, you get a pretty snarky response, which is always amusing no matter how many times you’ve heard it.
On the flip side, if you’ve ever tried to have your car’s voice recognition system make a phone call, it will usually give you either the wrong person you want to call, or ask you which “Mike” you want it to dial followed by prompts for Mike A, Mike B, or Michael C.
You can tell I'm bored ?Siri thinks I have no friends…..& the cookie monster is sad there's no cookies ? pic.twitter.com/3TFk4TwK4X
— Amanda ??? (@moorlandsoul) April 5, 2017
Amazon got into the voice-activation game in 2015 when it released its Echo device, commonly known as “Alexa.”
The biggest difference between Siri and Alexa is pretty obvious (and no, we’re not talking about the difference between Apple and Amazon): one is for your phone, while the other is for your home or office.
Why Siri's turning a Michael Jordan question into an Ohio State burn https://t.co/uak09JrMF3
— JulianVasquezHeilig (@ProfessorJVH) May 28, 2017
They are similar when it comes to being clever, however.