Alexa and Google are ready for the royal wedding

SAN FRANCISCO Alexa has been studying up on the royal wedding. So go ahead, ask the Amazon assistant everything your heart desires aboutthe upcoming marriage of American actressMeghan Markle to Britain’s Prince Harry.

Amazonsartificial intelligence-infused Alexa digital assistantroutinely gears up for blockbuster occasions, which the May 19 union of British and Hollywood royalty promises to be.

Since November, the Amazon group that preps Alexa for news and cultural events has been adding answers and information so that no one gets the dreadedHeres what I found on the Web answer in a response to questions ranging from “Whos going to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle?” to “What time is the royal wedding?”

Google Assistant, with its Google Home rival to Alexa, isn’t far behind when thrown the same types of questions.

In our tests, Apple’s Siridrew blanks on most of them, in terms of reading the answers aloud. If you were willing to hunt its Apple’s links, however, it had more complete answers than Alexa and Google.

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Queried by several reporters, Alexa was quite up on the future Duchess’s jewelry. Asked about Markles engagement ring, she launches into a description of the ring, which she tells you was designed by Prince Harry himselfand made by Queen Elizabeths preferred jewelers, Cleeve and Company. The central diamond in the ring comes from the personal jewelry collection of Harrys mother, the late Princess Diana.

Alexa doesnt have all the answers.

We asked if Meghan Markle will be a princess after she marries Prince Harry and the answer was, Hmm, Im not sure. Google said “Sorry, I don’t understand,” and Siri said, “I found something on the Web” and provided a link to a U.K. website noting that she will indeed be a duchess.

This will be Alexas first royal wedding. Having only come into existence in 2014, the assistant missed the 2011 nuptials ofPrince William and Kate Middleton. Siri launched six months after that wedding. Google Assistant didn’t hit until 2016.

USA TODAY’s own royal wedding expert, Maria Puente, says the answer is far more complicated. The monarch decides royal titles, based on tradition, personal preference and whether or not a particular title is currently vacant. “If you marry a prince, you are a princess, but if the monarch decides your title is a royal duchess, thats what you will be called officially,” she says.

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Amazon leaned on expertise from its staff in the United Kingdom for some of the more nitty-gritty Anglophile and historical context. The team includes people from Seattle, Cambridge, Mass., and in the U.K.

People started asking Alexa questions about the wedding as soon as it was announced last November, said Bill Barton, vice president of Alexa Information at Amazon.

To gauge what kinds of questions they were likely to get, they looked at the kinds of queries Alexa was already getting about the royalsand what they were asking about other celebritys weddings globally, such as Amal and George Clooney or Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer.

There were a flurry of questions right around the engagement announcement and then a lull, but as the wedding day approaches, the topics starting to ramp up.

For now, the most popular questions on Alexa have beenTell me about the Royal Wedding and When is the Royal Wedding? according to Amazon.Google and Siri both answered those questions correctly as well.

Not surprisingly, Amazon isgetting twice as many Who is Meghan Markle? questions in the U.K. as compared to the U.S., Barton said.

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