Monday, May 27, 2024

If I had a hammer


I kind of like the sentiment of this quote. It works on many different levels. It was pretty much my father's approach to fixing things. But he didn't necessarily use a hammer.

I especially enjoyed how he used to adjust our old television set. He'd walk up to it and smack it on the side to get the picture to straighten out. Ironically it seemed to work much of the time.

My father never used a computer in his life. Or a cell phone. He died in the early 1990s. Computers existed but he was obliviously to them. Cell phones were still a novelty that looked like a giant walkie talkie. 

He was just fine with an old television and two or three channels. 

My mother was pretty much the same way though she died after 2010. Her only concession to technology was an answering machine. And she barely tolerated it.

I doubt either of them would have understood my relationship with Artificial Intelligence or my designs. My dad died before blogging was a thing. In fact, the Internet had barely peeked its ugly little head out. According to ChatGPT, the first website went live in 1991.

I think my father would have appreciated the Web. I have mentioned in the past how he was obsessed with lost treasures and spent much time (in front of the television) doing research and taking notes in countless notebooks. Although education wasn't his strong point, he was the one who introduced me to libraries and research. He would have loved Google and adored ChatGPT.

I don't think either of them would have taken a shine to Alexa. My mother was too soft spoken and my dad would have got into screaming matches with her. And the more times she said, "I'm having trouble understanding you" the more he would have yelled at her.

Come to think of it, it would be quite entertaining to see my father interacting with AI.


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