Friday, January 11, 2019

Figured It Out

As a follow-up to my Google Assistant adventure the other day, here's another story that demonstrates one of the ways I'm not ready for modern times.

(Normally I'm fairly hip, but technology lately has been leaving me in the dust. So far, to no great disadvantage that I can see. Here's hoping that continues to hold true!)

Some swiping motion I was often making with the phone repeatedly turned on the Google Assistant, so she kept offering to help me at odd times. I tried very hard not to keep activating her, but that didn't work very well. And it was very irritating.

Finally, in frustration, when she asked me how she could help, I said, "Turn yourself off." Sure enough, up popped a nice screen with step-by-step instructions on how to find the setting to deactivate her. Which I quickly did.

I felt a little bad about it.

And yes, I was tempted to check out the setting that offered other possible voices for her helpful but intrusive services -- there could be some fun possibilities there -- but I stayed on task and got it accomplished.

Guess I'm on my own now.    


  1. You're hilarious, Jane.

    I'm sure you're not the only one who has ever asked her to turn herself off. And there's always Siri, isn't there? :-)

    1. Oh yes, I'm sure other folks have asked her the same thing. I'm just glad the designers thought to include it!

      Meanwhile, all I use is GoogleMaps for navigation; the whole "AI always listening to me" thing creeps me out. (I know, I'm a dinosaur!)


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