An Amazon Alexa next to Jeff Bezos
|Birth name||Amazon Alexa|
|Initial release date||November 6, 2014|
|Appeared in||Jeff Bezos vs Mansa Musa|
|During||Jeff Bezos' second verse|
|Location(s)||An Amazon warehouse|
Amazon Alexa made a cameo appearance in Jeff Bezos vs Mansa Musa. It was portrayed via animation, but was voiced by an actual Amazon Echo.
Information on the cameo
Amazon Alexa, also known simply as Alexa, is a virtual assistant technology developed by Amazon, first used in the Amazon Echo smart speaker and the Echo Dot, Echo Studio and Amazon Tap speakers developed by Amazon Lab126.
The Echo smart speakers turn on when their user says "Alexa" and either asks a question or tells it to control a smart device.
It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, sports, and other real-time information, such as news. Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation system. Users are able to extend the Alexa capabilities by installing "skills" (additional functionality developed by third-party vendors, in other settings more commonly called apps) such as weather programs and audio features. It uses automatic speech recognition, natural language processing, and other forms of weak AI to perform these tasks.
Alexa's default voice is provided by actress Nina Rolle.
Appearance in the rap battle
Alexa appears in Jeff Bezos' second verse, coming out of a hole in the floor to respond to his question of "What does we have that he lacks?" with "Skills." This Amazon Alexa is depicted as being taller than Bezos.
[Note: Amazon Alexa is in blue, while Jeff Bezos is in regular text.]
Alexa, what do we have that he lacks?! Skills. (Hahahaha!)
- Alexa is the fourth AI to speak, after HAL 9000, ED-209, and R2-D2.
- It is the third to cameo, as well as the first to be non-fictional.
- It is the third cameo to end a rap battle, after ED-209 and Stedman Graham.
- It is the eight speaking cameo to fill in a rhyme for a rapper.