Google Now, Siri and Alexa in virtual threesome

This is how you can get Amazon’s Alexa talking to Google’s Now to activate Apple’s Siri, in a voice-assistant Rube Goldberg machine

Why just use one assistant when you are able to get Amazon’s Alexa to control Google’s Now to activate Apple’s Siri?

This voice-assistant three-way was enabled by using Amazon’s lately published Alexa voice-command system, which the company hopes will help developers add its voice helper (made popular in the US by Amazon’s Echo intelligent loudspeaker) into their new products. Whether Amazon imagined them being used to talk to competitor products, we’ll never know.

The enterprising programmer Leon Nicholls used a Raspberry Pi loaded with the Amazon Alexa Skills Kit to talk to an Amazon Echo asking it to ask Google how exactly to enable Apple’s “Hey Siri” attribute on the iPhone. Alexa did as she was commanded, requesting a Google Nexus 6 P how to empower Hey Siri.

Stupid for sure, but if Apple, Google and Amazon refuse to play nicely with each other on an interconnectivity front , at least developers can get one to physically speak to the other. And so could their incessant nattering. The Internet of Things reaching its conclusion that is rational, profoundly irritating.