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Watch a man activate Siri by asking Amazon Echo to ask Google Now how to activate Siri

Published Apr 18th, 2016 7:35PM EDT
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Image: Leon Nicholls

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We’re surrounded by voice-enabled personal assistants these days, but what if we could make them all talk to one another? That’s the ambition of Leon Nicholls, who recently activated Siri on an iPhone by going through three different voice-enabled assistants first. As you’ll see in the following video, the chain reaction among all the computerized assistants is a pretty amusing sight.

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Here’s the full video Nicholls posted on YouTube earlier this month:

He starts off by activating voice commands on his Raspberry Pi and he asks it to “ask Alexa how to use Siri.”

“Alexa, ask Google Now to enable ‘Hey Siri,'” says the Raspberry Pi.

“OK Google, how do I enable ‘Hey Siri?'” asks the Amazon Echo.

“According to MacWorld, the next time you summon Siri with a command by either holding down on the home button or by calling out ‘Hey Siri!’ when your iOS device is plugged in, you’ll be prompted with a setup screen,” replies Google Now.

“Yes?” Siri then chimes in.

At any rate, this is the most amusing (albeit inefficient) way we’ve ever seen someone activate Siri. It’ll be interesting to see what other tricks people can come up with when using all these different services together.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.

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