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17 questions for the Google Home and Amazon EchoWe asked the Google Home and the Amazon Echo the same 17 questions to find out how they respond differently.
[MUSIC] What's up guys and gals? In front of me, this is the future of artificial intelligence in the home. On my right side, we've got the new Google Home. On my left side, we have the Amazon Echo. And yes, we know the Echo has about a two-year lead. These guys do do a few things differently from each other. But what we wanted to do is have some fun, ask them some questions and really find out how they answer them differently. All right? Okay, google, Alexa are you all ready for this? [CROSSTALK] Okay, let's do this. [MUSIC] Play some pop music. All right, check out this pop radio mix on Spotify. [MUSIC] Here's a station for pop music top pop. [MUSIC] Play the song that goes is this the real life. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, sure. Playing on Spotify. [MUSIC] Is this just fantasy? Bohemian rhapsody by Panic at the Disco. Is this the real life- I'd like to stop, I'd like to stop. We like the original. Play the song that goes all by myself. All by myself [MUSIC] [SOUND] All By Myself by Green Day. What? [MUSIC] How's the weather in San Francisco? It's currently 56 and sunny there. Today it'll be sunny, with a forecasted high of 69 and a low of 52. Currently in San Francisco, California, it's 65 degrees with mostly sunny skies. You can expect more of the same today, with a high of 66 degrees and a low of 51 degrees. When is it going to rain next? Rain is not expected this week in San Francisco. No rain is expected in San Francisco, California today. [MUSIC] How long will it take me to get to Golden Gate Park? On your way to Golden Gate Park, traffic is lighter than usual. The route near Central Avenue and Fell Street is the fastest. It is two minutes by car. Your current location is 1.86 miles, 2.99 kilometers from Golden Gate, and I don't know your speed. I can't tell how long it will take. [MUSIC] Who plays Katniss Everdeen? Katniss Everdeen was played by Jennifer Lawrence. Okay Google, what other movies is she in? Her movies include Silver Linings Playbook, Joy and 25 others. Katniss Everdeen was by Jennifer Lawrence and [UNKNOWN]. Alexa what other moves was she in? I wasn't able to understand the question I heard. [NOISE] [MUSIC] Who is ahead in the presidential polls? Sorry I don't know how to help with that. According to real politics average of national polling data between October 22nd and November First Hilary Clinton is polling at 45.1%. Donald Trump at 43.1%. How tall is Yao Ming? Yao Ming is seven feet six inches tall. Yao Ming's height is seven feet and five inches. Where will Super Bowl 51 be held? According to footballit.com, Super Bowl will be played at NRG stadium in Houston Texas February 5th, 2017. Sorry, I didn't understand the question I heard. [MUSIC] Tell me a joke. Here you go. As a golf, it's always smart to wear two pairs of pants. You know, in case you get a hole-in-one. [SOUND] Why was the patriotic pig wearing tap shoes? Why? It was in-da-pen-dance day. [SOUND] In-da-pen-dance? [LAUGH] [MUSIC] That's horrible. That was horrible. I am your father. I'm sorry, I'm not Luke. This is kind of awkward. No, that's not true, that's impossible. Winter is coming. [MUSIC] Aye, and so are the white walkers. Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make me a sandwich. [SOUND] You're a sandwich. [MUSIC] I'm not a replicator. Not as fun. [MUSIC] Ok, Google, let's play some trivia. Give me a second to put on my game show host costume. Ok, let's get things started. Good luck. true or false? red heads are more like to be left handed. true. Alexa, add the jeopardy skill. ok. I've enabled it. To start just say, Alexa Play Jeopardy The first category is FOX News. In 2010, this actress married Beverly Hills 90210 alum, Brian Austin Green. Alexa, who is Megan Fox? Yes, that's it. Okay, Google, who is Brian Thom? Sorry, I'm not sure how to help. Aw. Alexa, who is Brian Tong? Brian Tong, born April 2nd of 19 [SOUND]. The editor for CNET and developer and host of the podcast The Apple Bite and Prize Fight Nice, see, this guy knows what's up, but I did find it curious that he did not mention my birthday at all. Now when we look at the Google Home and the Echo, we saw with the Home the power of the Google engine and really the ability to be contact sensitive and to answer some followup questions. The Echo has been around a lot longer. We saw some of those skills, when we asked it to play Jeopardy, but you have to add these things. You can call an Uber. You can get Domino's pizza to come to you, and we also know it's more compatible with a lot more smart devices. Those connected devices, they'll be able to catch up in time, but there you have it. We just want to play around, have some fun. The Google Home, the Amazon Echo, and it's all the questions that we asked them. [MUSIC]