I like playing with new tech gadgets but couldn't get Amazon Echo nor Google Home here in Thailand. Quite frustrating!
So I got one while visiting the US recently. Welcome to the family, Google Home :-)
It took a while to get used to it. My wife's favorite activity is setting up a timer while cooking. I only use it to play music, although it has many more options.
"OK Google, play music."
It feels a bit awkward, even after a month.
But not for the kids!
Our children, especially the older one (4y), adopted it really quickly. Without hesitation, without fear.
I noticed they use different--much more personal--language when talking to Google. While I say
"OK Google, stop playing."
My son Marko says:
"OK Google, turn off music, we're going to school."
What a personal connection, right? I would not bother explaining the device why to turn off and where are we going.
The other day we all were sitting in a taxi, driving to school. After the morning rush settled down, Marko said:
"Daddy, we forgot to tell Google to turn off music!"
I was wow'ed by this sentence. While I perceive Google Home just as a "device", the kids talk to it like to a friend. Wonderful and scary at the same time, right?
What a different world our kids live in!
What seemed so futuristic when I was a child 20-30 years ago, becomes a casual reality for the kids today:
- Super-powerful personal computers (=smart "phones" and tablets)
- Voice-controlled devices
- Artificial intelligence powered toys
- Unlimited high-speed internet connection anywhere
- Real-time personal & group messaging
- An abundance of online courses, video content, audio books, ...
"OK Google, publish this blog post." 😏