Predictions about the Super Bowl are in full-swing, with people across the country placing bets on which team will come out on top next month during the matchup between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.
But what do the personal assistants — our most trusted devices for all of life’s big questions — think will happen?
Both Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa have now weighed in on the big game — and their prognostications are split down the middle. (Spoiler alert: If you’re from Mass., it’s time to toss your Echo).
When a Globe reporter asked Siri who will win Super Bowl LII, she hints at a Patriots win, putting her resolve on the backs of the experts in the field of sports outcomes.
Asked several different ways about the Feb. 4, battle between the Eagles and Patriots, Siri provided a slew of varying answers.
“Those in the know say that the Patriots will defeat the Eagles by 5 points,” Siri responded after being asked the first time.
A second query led to this statement: “Apparently, the odds favor the Patriots over the Eagles by 5 points.”
The third attempt at getting Siri to take a hard stand on who will emerge victorious was nearly the same as the latter, with Siri repeating that “the odds favor the Patriots.”
Alexa’s choice is more direct, however: Videos posted on social media of people inquiring about the game show the virtual assistant favoring the Eagles, no question. A Globe reporter’s inquiry got much the same answer.
“I’m flying with the Eagles on this one,” Alexa says, “because of their relentless defense and the momentum they have been riding off their underdog status.”
To add to the burn, she continues, “E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles.”
“Alexa often roots for the underdog,” an Amazon spokesperson said in an email. “She had a friendly rivalry with the Patriots last year, and that sentiment continues this year.”
Philly.com wondered this, Wednesday morning: With both the Boston-area and Philadelphia on the short list of places that Amazon could build its second headquarters, is Alexa’s Super Bowl pick a precursor for things to come?
That’s likely one answer you won’t extract from her just yet. But we’ll just take Apple’s new corporate campus instead.