It's a feature I've avoided, being generally creeped out by the concept of talking to my handheld device. More precicsely, I am creeped out by that moment when my phone informs me it is listening to me.
But when I showed Sebastian how to ask Google a question on my new tablet, he was enchanted. He keeps coming up with new questions he needs to ask it, when we're drivng in the car, when we're walking down the street. And he holds onto those questions until we have an internet connection, and I can agian grant him access to this magical oracle.
"Okay Google" meets the insatiable curiosity of a four year old. It's a synergistic combination. Questions my particular four year old has asked Google so far:
Is there really such a thing as a volcano that sprays cold lava?
What are the Star Wars movies like?
What does it look like inside your body?
How do you make a tv show?
Is there really such a thing as a robot arm?
Question he came up with in the car on the way to Preschool this morning, and will no doubt be awaiting his chance to ask when he gets home:
"How do you make chocolate?"
It didn't matter at all that I was also able to offer him an answer to this question. After I gave him my best answer, he wanted just as keenly to ask Google. Which is the point where I started to wonder if I was being obseleted by this new thing - a machine that can answer a four year old's questions, tirelessly, and without irritation.
I still am sometimes amazed when I realise that this isn't just the world my kid lives in, this is the only world he's ever lived in. This is not magic to him, or the amazing stuff of sci-fi novels made real. It's just everyday life. This tablet is just an ordinary household object.
Friday, 24 June 2016
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Sebastian making a rainbow with popsicle sticks thus morning. I helped with what order the colours go in, which prompted me to sing Roy G. Biv by They Might Be Giants. He listened closely then started singing it to himself. I looked it up on Spotify and we listened to on repeat on the way to preschool.
After making the rainbow shape, he decided he wanted to make it a circle.
Monday, 16 May 2016
It was time to stop playing Iko (the video game) for the evening. So he decided to build his own version. He was up late making it. Loren and I took turns playing it through with him in the morning. Sebastian played the part of the game itself, moving parts when a lever was pulled and so on. He made many additions and alterations along the way, of course. And last night before bed time, he and Loren ended up playing Sebastian's game instead of the actual video game.
Friday, 22 April 2016
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Thursday, 31 March 2016
Sebastian found our old Moby wrap. When I told him what it was for, he wanted me to put it on and he would be the baby. He liked it.
We had fun with it. He didn't want to get out of it!
This is Sebastian's tough guy face, by the way. Eventually my back was getting sore so we lay down on the couch with him still in it and I read him a book.
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