I know technology has never been a thing for my grandparents. I can barely go through a tutorial on how to take a picture using their smartphone. It’s not like they don’t want to learn, but they’re comfortable with using their handheld camera instead of taking a quick snap with the cellphone. I don’t blame them, there’s something nostalgic about taking pictures with an old school camera. My grandparents are a smart set of people, they just don’t want to adapt to the changing world around them. And, I wholly respect that.
Google Home is helping and sometimes hindering, homes around the world. For some, it’s the epitome of state-of-the-art technology that grants access to information instantly, able to retrieve specific recipes or a song in mere seconds. For others, there’s a bit of a learning curve, and the growing pains are beyond entertaining.
Take this fiery Italian grandma, presumably chosen by her family to sit with Google Home and see if she can manage to figure it out. Grandma’s personality is determined, stubborn and goofy, resulting in some pretty funny stuff.
First of all, grandma keeps referring to Google as “Goo Goo,” and she just can’t seem to either address it as “Hey Goo Goo” or “Ok Goo Goo.” She starts tapping the machine and leaning in to get a closer listen. When she manages to get the device working, Google provides an accurate weather forecast, and she is mind blown, getting up from her seat, whispering “I’m scared. It’s a mystery. Oh my gosh…”
She asks to hear an Italian song, but to no avail, going off into a burst of Italian (son interprets, and it’s the funniest remark) while tapping the device one more time to which the machine still does not respond.