This year, there’s time for some AI-based fun. Alexa, Amazon‘s voice-based virtual assistant will turn your partner in crime this April Fool’s Day to help you prank your buddies. The company has announced fun new prank ideas, which the assistant will help you with.
Summoning your jestful digital assistant is easy. Simply call out “Alexa“, and ask it to give you a prank idea. There are a few phrases that you can use to get Alexa fooling around. Say, “Alexa, Give me a prank idea”, “Tell me a prank idea”, “Give me an idea for a prank”, “Tell me an idea for a prank”, or “Tell me a prank idea for April Fool’s Day”. Essentially, phrases with the word “prank” should trigger a response. A special response to “Alexa, Prank me” will go live on April 1. You can also ask the assistant to tell you about a popular prank so you can test it out on your friends.
It is well known that the world engages in jestfulness on the first of April, and it can often get challenging to believe information that is passed around on the internet. Alexa adds to the confusion when you ask her, “Alexa, give me fake news”. Other things you can ask Alexa is to do the April Fools’ rap.
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If you want Alexa to fool someone else, you can do a quick search on Twitter right away, there are some of the most basic, yet annoying ideas you can consider. All you need is a bunch of friends who really trust you.
New favorite prank: walk into a guest’s house….. whisper: “Alexa, set an alarm for 4:30AM”
— Ariana Alfonso (@ama8189) March 30, 2018
Evil sleep-over prank:
1) Pretend to go to the bathroom
2) Sneak into the living room
3) Say "Alexa, blast Heavy Metal"
— A guy in yeshivah (@ChillInTheMill) March 18, 2018
— † (@lifetoshay) March 16, 2018
It is also advisable to keep your pets away from Alexa on the Fools’ Day. In all likelihood, you might end up with random gifts lying at your doorstep, and possibly an unusual credit card bill to pay.