Alexa Sci-Fi Easter Eggs

One of the things I like best about Alexa is that it’s not just useful, it’s also fun. The developers clearly have a sense of humour (despite Alexa’s bad jokes) and, as you might expect from people involved in creating an AI chatbot, they also seem to have some geeky interests. As a result, there are a large number of science fiction related Easter Eggs (hidden or not-so-secret commands) in the system.

In this post I’ll share my list of the sci-fi film and TV related questions and commands you can put to Alexa. I’m not giving you her replies – I don’t want to ruin the fun so this is a spoiler-free list.

Remember to precede all of these with “Alexa…” or your command word.

SciFi Easter Egg List

Doctor Who

  • Don’t blink
  • I don’t want to go
  • I’m the doctor
  • Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow
  • Tell me a Doctor Who joke
  • What is Doctor Who’s real name?

Star Trek

  • Live long and prosper
  • Make it so
  • Red alert
  • Speak in Klingon
  • Tea, earl grey, hot

The following usually just produce a generic Star Trek related response:

  • Beam me up
  • Fire photon torpedoes
  • Set phasers to stun
  • Two to beam up
  • Warp factor nine

Star Wars

  • Are these the droids you’re looking for?
  • Are you a Jedi?
  • Are you a Sith?
  • Are you a Stormtrooper?
  • Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper?
  • Do or do not
  • Execute Order 66
  • I am your father
  • It’s a trap
  • May the force be with you
  • Talk like Yoda
  • That’s no moon
  • Use the force
  • Who shot first?

Other Sci-Fi TV/Movies/General

  • Are we in the Matrix?
  • Are you HAL?
  • Are you Skynet?
  • Do you know GLaDOS?
  • E.T. phone home
  • I’ll be back
  • I’ve seen things you wouldn’t believe
  • Kill all humans
  • Klaatu barada nikto
    (you need to pronounce that one very carefully)
  • Open the pod bay doors
  • Self destruct
  • Take me to your leader
  • Take the red/blue pill?
  • What’s the answer to life, the universe and everything?
  • What is the meaning of life?
  • Witness me
  • Would you like any toast?

Phew! And those are just the ones I’ve tested so far. When I find more that work, I’ll add them to this post.