It all began simply enough. I’d just read one of those ubiquitous Internet lists called “21 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do.” One of them was this: I could ask Siri, “What planes are above me right now?” and Siri would bark back, “Checking my sources.” Almost instantly there was a list of actual flights — numbers, altitudes, angles — above my head.
I happened to be doing this when Gus was nearby. “Why would anyone need to know what planes are flying above your head?” I muttered. Gus replied without looking up: “So you know who you’re waving at, Mommy.”
This story had me in tears before I was halfway through it. It’s so great to see technology making someone’s life better. It’s the promise technology often fails to live up to. The way Judith Newman captures her son’s friendship with Siri deserves its own feature-length movie.
The illustrations are perfect too. This one is my favorite.
Thanks Jason for sharing this story.