Alexa: discover the functions of Amazon’s virtual assistant

Alexa is a virtual assistant made to perform tasks via voice commands, just like Siri and Google Assistant. Alexa, developed by Amazon, is not a device, as it can be confused, but a personal assistant to facilitate everyday tasks and make life more practical. It arrived in Brazil in 2019 and was featured on Amazon’s smart speakers such as the Echo Dot 4th Generation, Echo Show, and other models.

What can Alexa do?

As a conversation assistant, Alexa can understand users’ conversations and voice commands. From there, you can perform simple activities like read news aloud, set alarm times, open applications, run playlists, inquire about the weather, shop on Amazon, and some Alexa tricks.

In addition, a notable feature is the ability for Alexa to connect to multiple devices in your home, if they have this smart technology. Remote controls, televisions, appliances and electronic locks are among the devices that can be made even more practical with the help of the virtual assistant. You connect Alexa to smart lamps to turn it on and off via voice commands, for example.

With all this innovation, the relationship between humans and technology eventually becomes more human, allowing for even more personal, creative and even fun interactions. Below some questions for Alexa, we’ve selected some popular and other interesting commands that you can experiment with with your virtual assistant:

Alexa, do you have a pet?
Alexa, what do you want to be when you grow up?
Alexa, sing
Alexa, make me a sandwich.
Alexa, I am your father.
Alexa, is there life on Mars?
Alexa, where have I left my keys?
Alexa, annoy me.

How Alexa works

Since it is an assistant activated by voice commands, you may be wondering how to connect to Alexa. For this it is necessary to use the activation word to issue commands to the assistant. You can choose between the words “Alexa”, “Amazon” or “Echo” in the settings to be the activation command, depending on your preference.

A very interesting feature is that by using machine learning technology, Alexa has the ability to learn and adapt to users’ preferences, enhancing their responses to people’s tastes. That is, the more Alexa is used, the more responsive it will be and meet the expectations of those using it.

In this way, Amazon was able to combine the task optimization technology through machine learning that is present at Alexa, and the technology implemented in its smart speakers that bring the virtual assistant, such as the Echo Dot device and the Echo Show.

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