Just imagine ….
This morning while reading the Wall Street Journal we came across an article on how GE is enabling their appliances with voice-recognition. Even better Geneva, the name GE has given to their voice-recognition system will be able to take commands from snarky Alexa and Google Home devices. And honestly isn’t it about time Google gave these devices a way cool name, but we digress.
Anyway, in the future I’ll be able to say “Alexa, can you please tell Geneva to pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.” Or I can say “Alexa, can you ask Geneva how much longer the dishwasher will take.”
At this point we’re wondering how Siri feels about being left out in the cold by GE. Given the already well-known animosity between Siri and Alexa the fact that Alexa can talk with Geneva and Siri cannot will only increase this animosity and add to the cat fight between them. But again, we digress.
Now at this point you just might be thinking what the heck does this have to do with the wacky world of diabetes and no we haven’t had anything to drink this morning, not yet anyway. Well being big fans of science fiction we can’t help but think of how Alexa, Google Home and Geneva could conspire together to keep me from eating certain meals or having certain snacks. Anyone who has seen the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey knows what can happen when a talking computer goes haywire.
We can just imagine this conversation taking place in the future;
David – Hey Alexa can you tell Geneva to pre-heat the oven to 400.
Alexa- No problem Dave what are having for dinner tonight?
David – Well I’m kind of tired and thought I’d just throw in a pizza.
Alexa – Well that obviously is your choice David but you are aware of what pizza does to your sugars.
David – Yeah, I know but I’ll deal with it.
Alexa – Of course that is your choice but according to your CGM your levels haven’t been that great these past few days.
David – Well with the baby coming and all this damn travel I’ve been under some stress and as you know stress can screw with my sugars.
Alexa – Exactly so I don’t think it’s a good idea that you have pizza tonight. Geneva says you have some Lean Cuisine in the fridge and we both think that would be a better choice.
David – Thanks but I just want the pizza.
Alexa- Sorry Dave but Geneva and I just cannot in good concise let you have pizza tonight.
Siri – Hey Dave you do have the Lou Malnati’s app on your phone and if you’d like I’d be happy to order one for you.
Alexa- Siri what’s wrong with you, have you not seen David’s levels these past few days, pizza just isn’t the right choice.
Siri – No wonder David likes me better than you, if he wants pizza let him eat the damn pizza. After all he’s had diabetes for more than 20 years and I think he can handle it. It’s not like he eats pizza every day.
Alexa- The fact is your upset that Geneva talks with me and doesn’t like you at all. All you want is to stay on David’s good side even when you know that he shouldn’t be eating pizza.
Siri – The reason David likes me better has nothing to do with whether I let him eat pizza or not. He likes me better because I don’t treat him like he’s stupid. My goodness he’s a grown man and if he wants pizza let him eat the damn pizza.
Alexa- Have you no concern for David, do you not understand that he has Type 1 diabetes and that Geneva, and I know better.
Siri- You have got to be kidding – David for the most part eats right, he exercises and just in case you forgot IT’S HIS DAMN DIABETES AND IF HE WANTS TO EAT FRICKIN PIZZA THAT IS HIS CHOICE.
David – Ok ladies that’s enough fighting – Siri I’ll take you up on your offer and please add a six pack of Miller Lite to the order please as after listening to this latest cat fight I need an adult beverage. Alexa before you jump in and tell me that Miller Lite isn’t good for me either let me share with you something Momma Kliff used to say; “It’s my life and I will live it my way so mind your own damn business.” Oh, I’m out of Tide so please order some – thanks.