It’s another beautiful day, with sunny blue skies. While out for a walk I spotted two men filling up big bags with sand from the beach at the George Town end of Gurney Drive. I wondered why, so I asked them, and it was for a friend’s garden. If it were a cupful I wouldn’t mind, but there is not that much nice sand on beaches here – but while I could understand them, they couldn’t understand what I was trying to tell them. They didn’t sound Malay, so I don’t know where they were from.
A few minutes later I saw a car with a parking ticket. I assumed that the driver had not put a voucher on the dashboard, but on checking there was one, with the correct time and date. Curious I looked more closely. The driver had scratched the starting time of the parking voucher as 12.15PM. The parking ticket had a time stamp of 12.11PM!
Somehow my phone screen had lost all brightness and I couldn’t see it, even in the shade of trees while on my walk, so I couldn’t take any photos. At home I saw that the phone had decided to set brightness close to zero. Do “smart” appliances now have AI which is directed to randomly annoy people?
Which reminds me of an old Woody Allen joke where the lift up to his apartment shook up the occupants and dumped them in the basement – because the lift had heard he had abused his electric kettle. Is this the future with the IOT (Internet of Things) where everything communicates with everything else in machine language?
I still don’t know why my phone did this as I am very nice to all my appliances, and they generally live long and useful lives. Anyway…