The Bespectacled Mother

What it is like conversing with a robot? #writebravely

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“Should I become an IT consultant?”

“Here are the matching images.”

“I didn’t ask for the images. I need to talk.”

“How may I help you?”

“Do you know who my Papa is? He is an IT consultant. Should I become an IT consultant like him?”

“Too many words. Please be specific.

“Do you know who my Papa is?”

“Here is a matching video.” 

“You and your images and videos. You know nothing. You are not helping. I am angry now.”

“I am sorry if you feel like that.” 

“Who are you?”

“I am your Google Assistant.”

“Dhruv, keep the phone down and go out to play football”, I called out to him. “Do you hear me?”

“Hey Google Assistant, should I become a footballer then?”

“Here is a matching video.”

“Argh…. show me something else.”

“Here is a matching quote.”

“You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” – Ratatouille

“Coat? It is summer here. You know how hot it is here. The sun is burning. You want me to get burnt in the heat by wearing a coat. You know what fire is.”

“Too many words. Please be specific.”

“Dhroooov!”, I yelled out.

“I am going. I am going, Mummy. I have kept the phone down.”

Next moment –

“Hello, Mummy assistant. Do you know where my football is?”


This is not a real incident but my response to today’s prompt.

The inspiration for this post is the numerous everyday conversations between Dhruv and the Google Assistant. I am feeling spared these days but can’t say the same about Google Assistant which I am sure is feeling the heat of his questions. To my astonishment one evening, I heard it telling Dhruv “Stop, talking to me” and I couldn’t stop laughing. Is it even possible for a robot to give up?


I am taking part in the Write Tribe Festival of Words June 2018 and this is my post for Day 4 in response to the quote prompt  “You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” – Ratatouille

 

 

 

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20 thoughts on “What it is like conversing with a robot? #writebravely

  1. Druvism Zindabaad🙏🙏

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  2. Ha ha ha…my son was telling Siri..I love you one day…and I told my hubby Abhi Siri bahu banke ayegi..this is another great similarity between my son and Dhruv…Good read

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  3. Hahahaa! Virtual friends of our kods in this virtual world 🙂
    Am sure Dhruv will have a lot more to talk to Google Assistant, if only you stop spoiling it for him. You diligent, wishing-the-best-for-your-son mother!

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  4. Virtual friends for our kids* in this virtual world.

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  5. hehehe.. loved this story to the core..

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  6. Kids are smarter than these virtual assistants! Amusing!

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  7. Ha ha, this was brilliant and something I can imagine happening in my house not in the distant future.

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  8. Natasha on said:

    Ha ha sounds like our Alexa! She has a way with words and my ten year old just like Dhruv goes ballistic with her commands. Dhruv is so adorable btw!

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  9. Exactly what happens here. It’s funny how kids can wear out even a machine’s patience. 🙂

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  10. Methinks the hero of your story little Dhruv is going to be a modern day Christopher Robin. I love he way you weave your stories around him .
    I experienced this robotic conversation with my grandso. And SIRI and the driver was amazed at the precocity if the little fellow.
    And I just loved the punny coat that allowed you to use the quote !
    I know who Dhruv gets his imagination from now !

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  11. Obsessivemom on said:

    Ha ha ha… this is so cute. Google can drive the smartest people crazy. Mummy assistant is way more dependable.

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  12. You are such a spin doctor Anu- Dhruv is going to grow up and demand copyrights over all these stories that you have been entertaining us with 😉

    Loved the dialogue and am happy to read – been missing your posts since a while now.

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  13. I am still laughing at GA’s “Stop, talking to me”.
    The other day, I saw Alexa being ‘harassed’ by our friend’s kid 😀

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  14. Enjoyed this – I like the term ‘Dhruvism’. Did you coin it or was it Shilpa. I wonder if you saw a recent video of an Italian grandmom talking to Google Assistant. Hilarious!

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