LONDON — Got a specific question regarding the UK general election? Alexa can probably help.
Engineers at Amazon have programmed the company’s voice assistant to provide general election updates through the various devices that she sits inside.
Alexa, which works with Amazon devices like the Echo and the latest Kindle Fire, can now tell people what the polls are predicting, as well as information about the main parties and their leaders.
In a press release, Amazon provided examples of the types of questions that Alexa has been programmed to answer. Here are a few of them:
- “Alexa, what’s the latest with The Labour Party?” — Alexa will provide a current update of information regarding The Labour Party (or other parties).
- “Alexa, what’s the latest with Theresa May?” — Alexa will provide an update of current news relating to Theresa May’s election campaign.
- “Alexa, what’s the latest with the election?” — Alexa will provide an overview of current news regarding the general election campaign.
When the polls close, Alexa will arguably be even more useful. The AI will be able to tell people the results as they come in, Amazon said. People will be able to ask:
- “Alexa, who is winning the election?” — Alexa will reveal which party is in the lead, the number of seats the party has won, the total number of seats currently declared, and the number of seats won by the parties in second and third place.
- “Alexa, how many seats do the Liberal Democrats have?” — Alexa will say how many seats a party has based on seats currently declared.
So if you’re keen to get election updates through the night and don’t fancy watching rolling news, then it’s worth remembering those Amazon devices.