Enable These Alexa “Skills” for Canned Wisdom from Celebrities, Gandhi, and the Bible

The Tom’s Guide list titled 15 Alexa Skills to Get You Started does not, as you may think, provide tips for newly-minted owners of Alexa. Instead, it explores the life coach “Skills” that can be enabled on Amazon and accessed on Alexa. From Fitness Motivation to Biblical Inspiration, Alexa can offer a wide range of support and therapeutic services, as well as tough love,

If you’re a college student on your own, you may find it hard to motivate yourself to do the one thing you’re actually at college for: get an education. Ask Alexa’s College Motivation skill for some help and it cuts to the chase: “Go to class. Let’s be honest: you are not doing anything else important,” or “Your homework is not going to do itself!”

While these bite-sized nuggets of motivation might be the push some people need to get on with their daily workload, one can imagine other applications. Such as, the President turning to Alexa in the Situation Room and requesting advice from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, only to be told “If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” All in all, these Skills will appeal to motivation junkies who want to know what Oprah, Steve Jobs, or Jesus would do.

Chelsea Kerwin, April 12, 2017