There are times, I must admit, that I think the technology of today has a mind of its own and can know what I want. It throws me back to the time when all the fad was to tell someone who was irritating you, “Talk to the hand.” I always hated that thinking that it was rude and close to abusive. Happily, it fell off the radar before too long. However, now I think of that each time I’m trying to tell my television what to do next.
For years the television sat near to the box that controls my television so when wanting to make a change, be it volume or channel, the remote was just pointed in the direction of the TV and it would do as I asked. Now, things have changed. The television is above the fireplace and the box is on a table nearer to the floor. My pointing skills have to be rewired now. The only thing that changes is the volume when I point at the television. The remote has to be pointed at the box if I want to change channels or see the guide.
Many times I have pointed at the television to change channels and pressed the button over and over with no results. It’s then that I finally remember to point correctly to get the results desired. But no problem. My daughter has the new iPhone and while showing her brother, Leo Clifford, how Siri works. She said, “Siri, call Cliff” Siri did nothing since her brother was input as Leo. Alicia had to tell Siri to recognize Cliff as Leo.
It seems the mechanical mind isn’t as flexible as we are yet. The convenience is nice, but it needs some improvement for us to get to the point where robots can respond with special instructions. The next mechanical thing I get should at least be able to take the dogs outside for a visit. My daughter can do that now no problem.