Artificial Intelligence (AI) has taken centre stage in the tech world, with Amazon’s Alexa (arguably) at the forefront. First introduced in Amazon’s Echo in 2014, Alexa has come a long way since it was first conceived. Sure, the digital assistant uses voice commands to perform basic tasks like checking the news or streaming music. However, 2017 has seen even more intelligent uses for it.

“Alexa, how do I boil an egg?” may be too embarrassing to ask a human being. But like Siri, the intelligent personal assistant provides you answers to the most idiot-proof questions – without judging. Though Alexa and Siri seem to have the same functions on the surface, that is not the case.

While Siri has been helpful in helping us set alarms, control your apps, and send texts via voice command when we’re just too lazy to lift a finger, sometimes it makes us wonder if that is all Apple’s artificial intelligence is capable of. Its counterpart seems to be more adept at executing more complicated tasks.

That is evident at CES this year, when we saw how Alexa was virtually everywhere – with products integrating the artificial intelligence and even some with full Alexa controls built right in. Apple, on the other hand, barely made an appearance at the tech show. Although to be fair, the brand doesn’t need further introduction.

While Apple is aiming to step up its game, the more versatile Alexa is still reigning right now. It seems like Amazon’s voice-activated assistant really is taking over the world – and our households. We think it might take a long time for Siri to finally catch up, and that Apple should take some cues from Amazon. From car controls to energy conservation, these are Alexa’s functions that we’re really impressed by.