My husband gave a presentation to a 4th grade class yesterday and asked the kids how they veiw the future and what new technologies they think we will have 50 years from now.
I asked him how it went and he said, “It’s amazing the number of children who answer Robot Slaves. In fact, one kid drew a picture of himself pointing and yelling ‘Bring chips!’ while a robot bent over meekly in the corner.”
Our new dishwasher is too complicated for me.
We had our old dishwasher replaced after it finally refused to wash the top level of dishes. It had been hanging on for a few years, through duct tape on the outside handle to superglue on the spinning arm, but it just couldn't take the barrage of dirty dishes that a family of four tends to load every evening.
Enter the NEW dishwasher. It has a digital display. Can someone explain why this is necessary? I tried to push the button to start an empty run. This happened:
NEW Dishwasher: You haven't inserted to extra fancy cleaning solution in case I feel the need to clean my insides when there are no dishes.
Me: I put a regular tablet in you. You're brand new. I think we have a few weeks until a cleaning. (Push button again)
ND: There's not enough salt.
Me: Are you mimicking my husband? You sound exactly like him at dinner time. Also, why does a dishwasher need salt? (Push button again).
ND: (let's out a watery sigh). Fine then 50 degrees. This will take 2 hours.
Two hours??!!! There aren't even any dishes!
Why can't we buy a machine with one button? Clean dishes. Or two buttons at the most. "Clean dishes" and "Forgot for a few days and now it's all dried up so better use the power jets."
The only good thing is that because it's so computery, I can honestly tell my husband that I won't be able to load or unload dishes anymore so that will be his job.
Perhaps the new dishwasher isn't so bad after all.
So our family got an Amazon Echo yesterday. Amazon Echo is a voice command device that can answer questions and play music. Echo offers weather and news and can also play music from streaming services. Echo maintains voice-controlled alarms, timers, shopping and to-do lists and can access Wikipedia articles.
You address the system as “Alexa” as in “Alexa, what’s in the news today?”
Pretty much it’s like the Star Trek computer or HAL. It can’t replicate food yet though. A shame.
My husband intended for us to use it for playing music, setting cooking timers, weather checks, answering questions, adding things to shopping lists, etc.
I think he forgot we have 2 young sons.
This amazing future technology is now being used for things like:
“Alexa, are you dead?”
“Alexa, who is the most popular Pokemon?”
No matter how technologically advanced we come, some things will always remain the same.
Lately at my job, I’ve been doing research on food and technology. Today I came across an article that beautifully combines the two and I felt the need to share it. Thanks Science! 🙂
Got a little disturbed today at work. Part of my job is looking up food tech companies. Today I found one called “The Soylent Corporation.” I’m not kidding. It’s in Forbes and CrunchBase as a real company.
“…creating an engineered staple food designed to solve food quality and shortage.”
I think we all know what the “engineered staple food” is. Yep, that will solve food shortage all right.