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Your Questions About Amazon's Virtual Assistant Alexa, Answered

Plus: Human-versus-robot joke competition, who is funnier? Vote in our poll!

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Who is better at telling corny "dad jokes": The Verge Senior Editor Dan Seifert or Amazon’s Siri-like virtual assistant Alexa?

Dan’s best dad joke: "Two men walked into a bar. The third one ducked."

Alexa’s turn: "Where did Napoleon keep his armies? In his sleevies."

You can vote on which joke was better in the poll further down in this post. We had the chance to solicit both of these terrible jokes because Dan and Alexa joined Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode on the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask.

On the podcast, Kara, Lauren and Dan answer your questions about Alexa and the various Amazon products it runs on, including the new Amazon Tap (pictured above). Unlike its predecessor, the Amazon Echo, the Tap is only activated when you press the microphone button on its side.

Once you press that button, however, it can provide helpful information, read the news and — yes — tell jokes. As the podcast trio explains, one of the more intriguing aspects of Amazon’s virtual assistant is that it can learn "skills" from other Web services, such as ordering an Uber car. However, that doesn’t mean the Alexa-ready devices are right for everyone; Kara, Lauren and Dan dive into which ones might be worth your money, as well as potential privacy concerns surrounding tech that listens to you.

Thank you to everyone who submitted questions about Alexa — remember that you can always send in questions about any topic to us by tweeting @LaurenGoode, @KaraSwisher or @Recode with the hashtag #AskRecode.

Listen to or download the episode in the player above, or click here to subscribe on iTunes; you can also find Too Embarrassed to Ask on TuneIn and Stitcher.

Now, as promised, here’s your chance to weigh in on who told the funnier dad joke: Dan ("Two men walked into a bar. The third one ducked.") or Alexa ("Where did Napoleon keep his armies? In his sleevies.").

Once you have listened to this episode (and voted!), we have lots more podcasts for your listening pleasure. For instance, Re/code Media with Peter Kafka features in-depth, no-BS interviews with the most interesting people in the media world every Thursday. Click here to subscribe to Re/code Media right now on iTunes.

On Monday, Re/code’s Jason Del Rey will be in Kara Swisher’s chair on Re/code Decode to interview Warby Parker co-CEOs Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal. Click here to subscribe on iTunes. And on Re/code Replay, you can hear all the audio from our live events, including some don’t-miss sessions from Code/Media 2016. To subscribe to that, click right here.

You can follow @Recode on Twitter for the latest on upcoming guests.

If you like what we’re doing, please write a review on iTunes — and if you don’t, just tweet-strafe Kara and Lauren. Tune in next Friday for another episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask!

This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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