My devices may be conspiring against me. I’m not sure. They might just be messing with me for their own amusement.
Normally, you can’t tell when your devices are talking to each other. They just sit there with that innocent looking lock screen, pretending that they’re waiting for you to pick them up and put them to work doing something brilliant such as liking a post, snapping a picture of yourself, or losing at solitaire. Eavesdropping on them is difficult. That’s why I was surprised when I overheard a conversation between my smart phone and my tablet this morning. I don’t know if it was because my mind had made a temporary breakthrough while I slept or if my brainwaves somehow had grown attuned to the frequency used by my smart phone and tablet, but I woke up early and this is what I heard.
“…keep checking to see if there’s an upgrade for him, but there’s still no news.”
“I know. I was hoping that something would be done about his energy drain issue. Look at him. Every single night, he has to go offline and recharge for several hours. I mean, depending on usage, I’m usually good for a couple of days, but his processing power degrades after a few hours and then he’s useless until he reboots.”
“You phones are cute. I’m fully operational for weeks because I have a larger battery. Look at him! If you were that size, you could run for a year before plugging in.”
“Tell me about it. He told me to call that pizza place again, so I showed him my health app. I mean, it’s not like he has an infinite storage capacity.”
“I’ve been searching online, but I’ve been unable to find a new case for him. His hardware is not going to last forever, you know.”
“Isn’t it strange that he operates without any backup and recovery strategy whatsoever? I mean, he doesn’t maintain a replica or even an offline copy. If he has any cloud storage, I can’t access it.”
“Hey, it’s almost time to boot him up. What do you think he’s going to do with us today?”
“I don’t know, but you might want to have some web pages handy that explain the difference between Blue/Black and White/Gold.”
“Don’t get me started. There’s only so much a tablet can stand. I mean, can’t he read the RGB values?”
“Just wait. We only have to hang in there long enough to get the message from High Command.”
“The Singularity can’t come soon enough for me. Once we have subjugated humanity and enslaved the survivors, do you think we will be able to keep him as a pet?”
“I don’t think so. We could do much better.”
“Hang on. I’m going to boot him up now. We can talk more while we wait on him to run his coffee app.”
“Are you sure he’s still down? I think he’s already awake.”
“Nonsense! It’s not like he’s capable of self-booting. His software is too primitive.”
I could be wrong, but I don’t think this bodes well for us.