Google Home is a wireless speaker and voice-command device developed by Google and was announced on May 18, 2016, at Google I/O. The product is similar to the Amazon Echo. In this war of Amazon and Google, who wins the title of igniting robotism in people and making us forget the sanctity that makes us human?
I was made to see this specific advertisement that publicises and highlights the good, the easiness and utmost reliability of Google Home, in a bid for me to be attuned to this techy idea, by a dear friend. Being the non-techy person that I am, I was sure that I would hate the idea, nevertheless I saw this ad, and it petrified me. I wasn’t disinterested or ignorant, I was just horrified by the mechanism of this little device that will enter our lives and shatter the humane aspect of it.
Things like waking up your own kids, helping them with their homework or actually remembering the science week at their school, are the little joys that binds a family together. I can still recall the dreaded moment of how my dad used to wake me up or how my mom used to help me with the homework. These dreaded moments are now cherished memories. I turned out to be intellectually and morally fine without any aid from technology. Why is it that the new age parents need Google Home or Amazon Echo to run their households? Is it due to the busy schedules or due to the utmost laziness and reliability on technology?
I might be overreacting, but this very advertisement shattered the idea of a family in my mind. New smart families are looking upto technology for the upbringing of their own kids, so where does the concept of family actually lie? Is it in the rule books of Google Home?
We, as a society, are embracing technology without fully understanding the long-term ramifications of this decision. We are constantly seeking out short-term gains and improvements without really taking into consideration the whole picture for future generations. Would they be tutored by Siri or taken care of by her rather than the parents? Are the families riding themselves of the responsibility of being parents just so for the convenience?
Technology is great, don’t get me wrong. They encompass wonderful tools that help many simplify their life, get more information, and in the end, hopefully make better, more informed decisions leading to better lives. However, when technology challenges to disrupt the foundation that runs on emotions, affection and care, it tends to lead to chaos which unleashes the horrifying version of it.
There is comfort, there is reliability and there is luxury, but there shouldn’t be any dependence on a device that has a mind of its own. There is utmost peace in upbringing your kids without the use of technology, there are little joys in entertaining them, telling them things and stories, helping them with homework or waking them up for school or just being there for them when need be.
Well, it doesn’t take much time for a thing that is a boon to develop into a doom. It’s our very own greed to extract more and more from good that makes it evil.
A shoot-out to my friend who thought my panda-inspired laziness will get the better of me, there will never be Google Home echoing for me at my place. Never.