September 9, 2010

Baby Vs. Tech, Round 2

Filed under: awesome,doom,future,interfaces,life,lunacy,parenting,toys — mhoye @ 2:23 pm

Hello again?

A few days ago Maya was talking with her grandparents via Skype. Anyone remember when videoconferencing was all expensive and futuristickey, and not approximately free and marginally annoying when it’s not immediately available? Yeah, me neither.

So while they’re watching Maya fool around, she picks up my iPhone and shows it to them. And they say oh, that’s so cute. Do you know how to use that?

And then Maya, who let me remind you is sixteen months old:

  1. Pushes the button to turn on the screen,
  2. Unlocks it and picks the phone app,
  3. Picks their names off the Favorites list, and
  4. Calls them.

And when they pick up, she holds the phone up to her ear and says “Hi.”

No joke; that is how that happened.

Most of me was thinking, that can’t have really been entirely on purpose, can it? This is clearly my girl, cute and awesome, but really? But there’s also a tiny, terrified little voice in the back of my head yelling “WHAT… WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT“.

I don’t remember it all that clearly, but I’m pretty sure that when I was sixteen months old I’d barely figured how to put tinkertoys in my nose. Yesterday as I was coming inside, I handed her the car keys and said “Ok, Maya, lock the car”, and she took the keyfob and pushed the button to lock the car. The only thing stopping her from driving it away is that she’s not tall enough to reach door handles yet. She’s already standing on her toes with the keys to reach the locks, and she’s not quite there yet.

But almost. Lately she’s been having me read to her all the time, but I’m pretty sure she’s just humoring me.

This Singularity that’s apparently coming? I predict that it will actually get here, but it won’t be driven by artificial intelligence. Not even a little.


  1. The Flynn effect in action!

    Comment by Mike Kozlowski — September 9, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

  2. Alternatively, a friend of mine did point out that the swipe-to-unlock motion is a long-known, primitive reflex dating back from humanity’s days on the savannah, when you would swipe the antelope with the sharp rock to unlock the meat.

    Comment by mhoye — September 9, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

  3. She gets cuter and cuter with every pic!

    It really is kind of wondrous to watch kids interact with technology as if it has always been this way.

    Comment by Maggie — September 9, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

  4. Children are great imitators. Unless you want them to do something for you.

    Comment by Mike Richters — September 10, 2010 @ 12:46 am

  5. That. Is. AWESOME.

    Got a bright little girl there, you do. :-)

    Comment by Jeff Huo — September 10, 2010 @ 5:03 am

  6. <3!!!

    Comment by Lib — November 14, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

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