Amazon’s Alexa has already picked sides for Super Bowl 53 — but the voice assistant doesn’t exactly sound thrilled about who she says will emerge victorious next month.
When asked “Who will win the Super Bowl this year?” between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, the voice that comes through Amazon’s Echo speakers begins her prediction with a bit of bite. Then Alexa opines it will be the Patriots who will become the champions — again.
“As much as I want the Rams to win, you can never count out the New England Patriots,” Alexa says. “My prediction? The Patriots will be taking home the Vince Lombardi trophy.”
Alexa then adds more insight to her speculation, saying that quarterback “Tom Brady will need to use his other hand for that sixth Super Bowl ring.”
The virtual assistant gives a similar answer when asked “Will the Patriots win the Super Bowl?” or “Will the Rams win the Super Bowl?” on Feb. 3.
Kristina Pressentin, an Amazon spokeswoman, said in an e-mail that those on the East coast aren’t the only ones to receive that message.
“The response is consistent across locations,” she said, including in Los Angeles.
Pressentin said Alexa’s predictions aren’t based on popular opinion, but “on a multitude of nuanced inputs.”
“Alexa puts numerous factors together with a dash of ‘gut feeling’ to make her prediction,” she said. “She’s still learning about the human intricacies of intuition, and is constantly refining her methodology.”
Alexa hasn’t always favored the Patriots when it comes to the annual championship game, even though her current prediction can hardly be considered a hearty endorsement of the team.
Ahead of the AFC Championship between the Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Alexa told users that the Chiefs “are going to send those Super Bowl hogs back to Boston,” video posted by CBS Boston showed.
The Patriots went on to beat the Chiefs during overtime, securing their spot in this year’s Super Bowl against the Rams and marking the Patriots’ third appearance at the event in as many years.
Last year, before kickoff at Super Bowl 52, when New England took on the Philadelphia Eagles, the voice assistant told those who inquired that she was “flying with the Eagles on this one,” because of their “relentless defense and the momentum they have been riding off their underdog status.”
And she was right: the Eagles beat the Patriots, 41-33.
At the time, a spokeswoman told the Globe that Alexa has long had a “friendly rivalry with the Patriots,” including in 2017, when she said the Atlanta Falcons offense would soar, and the team would “fly home with the win” during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium, in Houston, Texas.
Of course, we all know how that ended.Steve Annear can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.