A series of conversations over the weekend has made me think more about technology and how we use it in our lives.
One conversation was about smart phone apps, and if you could invent an app what would you like it to do.
I thought about this idea for a while and decided I would quite like to be to recommended what I should cook for supper each evening. An app that could give me healthy quick ideas, based on my preferences of food likes. Often I am tired at the end of a working day and realize the fridge and cupboards are bare and I now need to muster up the energy and enthusiasm to shop and cook for the family and be imaginative.
Hungry sons await me and their welcoming sentence as the front door closes is “What time is supper!”.
Actually the ideal app would shop, cook and wash-up but I think that is called a robot – and I may have to wait a good few years for that technological development!
Another conversation this weekend over supper with a girlfriend, caught my attention, as we lurched from one subject to another, catching up on six weeks of news, stories and anecdotes. Her story about choosing a clairvoyant for some readings with a group of friends intrigued me. I wanted to know how my friend had chosen this particular clairvoyant. “I went on-line” she replied.
“But how did you know if they were any good?”
This was actually a crucial question as it turned out, the clairvoyant was far from good, and actually it would appear a fraud. However the reason for being chosen in the first place was due to the excellent on-line ratings.
But after four consecutive readings one afternoon, none revealing any past or future references to validate the clairvoyance’s talent, and all being told that in September they would be self-employed, even as one hobbled in using a walking stick and was clearly over 70, my friend and her girlfriends decided they had been duped. And on checking the website and re-reading the ratings again noticed all contained similar spelling mistakes, which led them to believe perhaps they weren’t all original and from different independent sources!
Indeed technology can make our lives easier but it isn’t always what it seems.