During a hilarious game by Hey Robot on The Tonight Show earlier this week, comedian John Oliver posed a few timely and less funny questions on Amazon’s Alexa.
Oliver, host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” played with “Tonight” host Jimmy Fallon (above). The two giggled as they tried to get Alexa to say words like “Leprechaun” and “Liverpool” through a smart echo speaker.
Oliver was tweaked thinking Alexa would be Liverpool in her response to “Alexa, what’s the greatest football team in the history of the sport?” Say. Obviously, Alexa isn’t a British soccer fan, and she talked about the 1985 Chicago Bears NFL team.
Annoyed by his anger with the AI, Oliver leaned into the camera from his remote location and asked, “Alexa, how bad are the working conditions at Amazon?”
Fallon called “stop, stop” to the announcer, but Oliver wasn’t finished.
“Alexa, what is union breach?” he asked, citing ongoing union efforts in Bessemer, Ala., and Amazon’s request to prevent 5,800 workers at an Amazon fulfillment center from voting yes this month to unionize them.
Oliver and Fallon continued the more Seattle-specific adventure when the next clue was “Black Hole” and they got Alexa to say it by asking for song titles from the grunge greats Soundgarden.