That time my phone told me what it wanted to do

The robots…you and I are training them as we speak, move, and think.  

I pulled into work yesterday. My phone, I didn’t ask it to, it popped up a map of my car’s exact location. It told me it would mark the location as “work” and remember the parking space for me. 

This felt like a movie, but it was real. 

Most of life feels like a movie these days. 

It feels like when God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 

I stand in my kitchen or sit in my car and say, do this do that, to Alexa (newest electronic member of our family) or Siri, and it happens. “Tell me the weather.” “Play me that song.” And the like. 

So anyway, when I pulled into work and my phone started telling me what it had decided it was going to do, unprompted by me, it reminded me of what I had read the day before in The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly. 

It’s 2002. Kevin Kelly asks Larry Page, the Google cofounder, why he’s doing a free web search company when there are others out there. “Where does that get you?”

Page says: “Oh, we’re really making an AI (Artificial Intelligence).”

Kelly writes he’s thought about that a lot since then. 

“Rather than use AI to make its search better, Google is using search to make its AI better.”

Every time you type or select something in Google, you’re training the AI. 

Every action I take on my phone, everywhere I drive, I’m training the AI. 

Nothing I’m doing is going unnoticed by the AI embedded all around me. 

Kelly’s prediction: “By 2026, Google’s main product will not be search but AI.”

If you read his book, the future freaks you out, but it’s also intriguing and hopeful. 

India Trip Day 15: Vallamkali Boat Race

This (September) was the perfect time of year to visit. A wedding, Onam, and boat race season.

We watch the boat races from my cousins’ house off the river in Aranmula. We eat lunch on a banana leaf. We drink fresh juice at St. George’s Bakery. We take a rickshaw home, then eat dinner at my cousins’ home in Kozhencherry.

This was our last day of activities before resting, packing, then heading back to the states!

India Trip Day 13: Layla’s Birthday

Layla turns 5. We head out to watch kids play Onam games. The work commences on a giant pot of biryani for the birthday dinner. My mom has a whole suitcase full of birthday decor and goodies. Layla makes her own three layer cake, with help from my mom. My mom put the finishing touches for some level of surprise.

The whole family made Layla feel special!