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Entry from May 17, 2021
“I always say thank you to Alexa so that when the machines take over they know I am nice”

Some people say “please” and “thank you” even to a virtual assistant such as Siri or Amazon Alexa. The reason?

“Nah, just practicing for when the machines take over? RT @yezzer: Found myself saying ‘thank you’ to a cashpoint earlier. May be losing it” was posted on Twitter by Fraser McCormick on September 5, 2010. “When the automatic check-out says ‘thank you’ I like to say ‘you’re welcome’ so I’ll be treated kindly when machines take over the world” was posted on Twitter by Ames on February 6, 2012.

“I always use Please and Thank You when talking to Siri. Then, when machines take over the world, she will remember I was nice to her” was posted on Twitter by Bethany Zabrosky on October 11, 2012. “I say please and thank you Siri that way when machines take over the world she will spare me” was posted on Twitter by Loren on November 16, 2012. “I always say please and thank you to my Siri so she’ll remember my kindness when the machines take over” was posted on Twitter by Simba on February 1, 2021.

“RT @rgay: I always say thank you to Alexa so that when the machines take over they know I am nice” was posted on Twitter by Framel on May 13, 2017. (The original tweet is no longer available.) “I always say thank you to Alexa so that when the machines take over they know I am nice” was posted on Facebook by More Crazy Stuff on May 18, 2021.


Wikipedia: Siri
Siri (/ˈsɪri/ SIRR-ee) is a virtual assistant that is part of Apple Inc.’s iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS operating systems.

Wikipedia: Amazon Alexa
Amazon Alexa, also known simply as Alexa, is a virtual assistant AI technology developed by Amazon, first used in the Amazon Echo smart speaker and the Amazon Dot, Amazon Studio and Amazon Tap speakers developed by Amazon Lab126. 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.

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Fraser McCormick
@flimgoblin
Nah, just practicing for when the machines take over? RT @yezzer: Found myself saying ‘thank you’ to a cashpoint earlier. May be losing it.
5:00 PM · Sep 5, 2010·TweetDeck

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Ames
@amesmullet
When the automatic check-out says “thank you” I like to say “you’re welcome” so I’ll be treated kindly when machines take over the world.
5:48 PM · Feb 6, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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desmond maxfield
@Des_maxfield
Why do I still say “Thank you very much” even though it’s a computer giving me my hotel wake up. I’ll be spared when machines take over
9:01 PM · Mar 1, 2012 from Pasadena, CA·Twitter for iPhone

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Bethany Zabrosky
@missthany
I always use Please and Thank You when talking to Siri. Then, when machines take over the world, she will remember I was nice to her
11:04 AM · Oct 11, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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Loren ♂
@Lorenashcraft
I say please and thank you Siri that way when machines take over the world she will spare me
3:16 PM · Nov 16, 2012·iOS

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Wesley Nunes
@650Bandit
I always say “please” and “thank you” to Siri. So when the machines take over, she’ll tell them I’m “one of the good ones”
6:01 PM · Feb 5, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

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pfire☔Baby I Could Never Steal You From Another
@firefire100
[Smiling face with smiling eyes] RT @rgay: I always say thank you to Alexa so that when the machines take over they know I am nice.
12:03 AM · May 13, 2017·TweetCaster for Android

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Framel
@Cishma
[Face with tears of joy] [Face with tears of joy] [Face with tears of joy] [Face with tears of joy] RT @rgay: I always say thank you to Alexa so that when the machines take over they know I am nice.
12:04 AM · May 13, 2017·TweetCaster for Android

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Matt Bartlett
@matt_bart
Just heard my wife say please and thank you to Alexa. They might spare her when the machines take over.
7:07 PM · Dec 9, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

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Joe
@joepeppard
I always tell Alexa thank you after asking her for something. She doesn’t respond, but I hope she remembers when the machines take over.
10:57 PM · Jan 1, 2018·Twitter for Android

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Lanny Farmer
@LannyFarmer
I always make sure to say, “Please” and “Thank you” to Siri and Alexa. That way when the machines take over, they might show me mercy.
8:53 AM · Feb 2, 2018·Facebook

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Incognito Lemur
@IncognitoLemur
I always say “Please” and “Thank you” to my Amazon Alexa so that when the machines take over, she puts in a good word for me.
10:53 AM · Jun 13, 2018·TweetDeck

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sheeple on the tv
@djbtv
Replying to @theellenreport
I say please and thank you so when the machines take over Alexa knows will remember that I was polite.
2:58 AM · Oct 29, 2018·Tweetbot for iΟS

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Sasshole
@RidiculousSheri
I always say thank you to Siri because I have manners and also when the machines take over I want them to remember how polite I was to them.
9:41 PM · Dec 18, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

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Steph Johnson
@ScouseBirdBlogs
Do you think Alexa is keeping a record of everyone who says please and thank you to her for when the machines take over?
5:02 AM · Mar 13, 2019·Facebook

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Corey
@Corza77
Always say “Please” and “Thank You” to your Google Assistant/Google Home. When the machines take over Skynet style it might be the difference between life and death. Manners matter.
#googlehomemini
#googlehome
#Google
5:10 AM · Jul 8, 2019·Twitter for Android

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Timothy Ondrey
@TROndrey
Replying to @nbougalis
Absolutely, I say thank you to #GoogleHome all the time. When the machines take over I want them to remember that I was kind to them.
8:16 AM · Sep 24, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Andrew Denny
@albiondumsday
@bushontheradio Am I alone in saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to Alexa, Siri, and OK Google? I’m thinking of not being the first against the wall when the machines take over.
7:22 AM · Nov 1, 2020·Twitter for Android

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Ethan Swanson
@EthanSwanson
Jake Murray Thoughts: “I say please and thank you to Siri so when the machines take over, they spare me”
8:52 PM · Dec 20, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Simba
@SimbaCZN
I always say please and thank you to my Siri so she’ll remember my kindness when the machines take over
12:29 PM · Feb 1, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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Jennifer
@justjenisfine
I always make sure to say please and thank you to Google & Alexa, because when the machines take over I want them to remember I was kind to them.
12:22 PM · Mar 24, 2021·Twitter for Android

Reddit—The10thDentist
Posted byu/WhyIsEverUserTaken May 9, 2021
I always thank my Amazon Alexa after she does something for me because I hope she’ll remember it when the machines take over.
I know it sounds like an terrible joke and maybe the reason why I do it is kinda an joke but I always thank my Alexa. “Alexa, please start Netflix, thank you” would be an normal sentence. I know that they don’t have feelings but it feels good treating them with respect. Lockdown hittin hard

Twitter
Jason Fischer
@PastorJasonFis
I always say thank you to Alexa and Siri so that when the machines take over they will remember who was polite to them.
9:51 AM · May 13, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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More Crazy Stuff
May 18, 2021 at 12:16 AM ·
I always say thank you
to Alexa so that when
the machines take
over they know I am
nice.

Posted by Barry Popik
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