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Whatever you do, DON’T ask Alexa this one question

Outside of some rare (and kind of strange) individuals, most people don’t particularly enjoy doing math. Fortunately, with the help of calculators and computers, we are able to get the answer to pretty much any math question we might have.

If there is a drawback to either of those, it’s that we have to physically enter in the equations we are trying to figure out. And, the more keys we must hit, the greater the chance of us making a mistake.

Fortunately, with things like Google Home and Amazon Alexa around, we can simply ask our questions. However, there is at least one equation you probably will not want to ask Alexa to solve.

The answer kind of breaks Alexa

Why this was ever discovered is anyone’s guess, but since it has been, we want to warn you against asking Alexa to figure out what 10 to the power of 308 is. The answer is a 1 followed by 308 zeros.

For the sake of this page, we will not write it out in full. Please just trust us.

It’s about now where you are strongly considering asking your Alexa to solve that, right? If it will help satisfy your curiosity, the answer will go something like this:

Sure, Alexa begins to answer the question just fine. But no one, not even a digital assistant, can say that many zeros without starting to grow tired.

In doing so, Alexa’s zeros begin to mush together before eventually turning into something that sounds more like her saying “oh.” So yeah, it looks like even machines can get tired of talking.

It’s either that, or even machines are beginning to understand what we already knew to be true: math is really, really hard.

If you cannot trust Alexa to do it for you and you do not have a calculator handy, a great way to solve any math problem quickly is with an app called “Photomath.” Free, all you need to do is point your phone’s camera at the problem and voila, it will be solved.

Interested? You can learn more about Photomath by clicking here.

Alexa-related humor is a pretty common thing

No, math does not always seem to break digital assistants. But, if you take a quick stroll through YouTube you will find numerous instances where questions posed to Alexa has led to, shall we say, interesting answers. And now, with Amazon allowing Alexa users to customize its responses, the assistant is likely going to be quite a bit more funny. Yeah, you’ll want to check this out.

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