Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said the Alexa voice-activated AI assistant was inspired by the talking computer on “Star Trek,” so it only makes sense that Alexa is saluting the latest incarnation of the Star Trek saga.
“Star Trek: Discovery” premieres Sunday on CBS All Access, and in the show’s honor, Amazon has added a few tricks that Echo, Dot and other Alexa-enabled devices can show off.
If you say “Alexa, damage report,” you’ll get a quick update on the weather and offbeat news, with a quirky signoff.
What’s the dominant life form on the planet Phylos? To test your knowledge of Star Trek trivia, say “Alexa, open Star Trek.” (Yours truly got three out of three.)
To add some Trek sound effects to your humdrum life, say “Alexa, red alert!’ … “Alexa, beam me up!” … or “Alexa, fire photon torpedoes!”
Here are a few other tricks to try:
- “Speak Klingon.” (Today’s phrase is “‘IwlIj jachjaj! That’s a Klingon toast: ‘May your blood scream.'”)
- “What would Scotty say?”
- “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”
- “What is your mission?”
- “State Starfleet rank and class.”
- “What would McCoy say?”
- “Do you trust Klingons?”
And for the ultimate mashup of Amazon and Star Trek, fire up “Star Trek Beyond” on Amazon Prime video and watch for Bezos’ cameo appearance as an alien Starfleet official. The world’s richest Star Trek actor delivers his only line — “Speak normally” — at the 13:12 mark.