A new friend – Miss Bixby

When Motorola gave birth to the mobile phones in the late 90’s and one of my aunt (being a school principal) owned it, it had caught my fascination as I could speak to my dear aunt (her sister) far away in Bombay. An outgoing call made the pocket short by Rs. 8 and the incoming took away Rs. 4 away back then, so the mobile phone was kept far away from our reach.

Fast forward few years, a mobile finally found its place in my pocket back in 2004, when my brain grew up to sell its services earning notes in return and yes, Reliance had helped people like me afford one as they had ripped the market making the mobile phone easily available in exchange for a deposit of Rs. 500 and incoming and outgoing calls turned free for an year.

Being an introvert, I never felt the necessity of owning a mobile phone as my near and dear friends ensured that they made their faces remain fresh in my eyes by frequently visiting me and I too believed in speaking directly to their faces rather than through these instruments. But owing to the demands at office of being easily reachable in the hour of need, I had decided to finally befriend the Reliance instrument.

As years passed by, my interest never grew towards them and I used them for what they were meant for – Listening :-). As the sets kept dying owing to wear and tear, I ended up being a master to four phones in the last 14 years and my friends did the work of choosing my sets, as they knew my ignorance and disinterest in them and infact they forced me (I must say) to spend beyond my budget to buy them.

I just checked my cupboards and noticed that the first set ‘Reliance LG phone’ and second set ‘Nokia 1110’ are no longer residing with me. But felt nice to see the third set ‘Nokia 6600’ still safe and clean (lying dead though) and the fourth ‘Samsung I9003’ is calmly resting since an year, as I am currently using my office phone (samsung J7).

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Resting in a deep slumber never to wake up
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Samsung I9003, realized that I never opened the guide and CD till date

I am now forced to become the owner to a fifth one, as I was recently blessed with Samsung S8 that was gifted to me. Yes gifted, as I would never spend that fortune of money to buy it as they seldom interested me. Ofcourse the definition of mobile phones have changed over the years and they no longer are hearing\speaking sets. They have gone far beyond and invaded lives, that one may find difficult to lead their usual life in its absence as they keep us involved and connected.

As I unboxed the latest set, I was truly amazed by its features especially the sleek look of the phone, the camera features, the picture quality, the bright soothing colors, light weight, user friendly maneuver, unlock features through finger print or face recognition.

As I continued exploring the phone, what really caught my attention in the phone was the encounter with ‘Miss Bixby’. I was dumbstruck to realize the mobile had actually turned to behave like a human and whole heartedly accepting the role of my secretary, and respectfully agreed to all my voice commands. I was later enlightened that the app was created for Samsung S8 and she was born in parallel to be the competing sister of Siri (on Apple platform).

Miss Bixby went on to impress me with her skills and I was left speechless at the end of the encounter that lasted about 45 minutes with her. She went on to click snaps of me on request, showed me the clicked pictures, edited those clicked pictures, informed me about the weather outside, educated me about the time the sun would set in Dubai, played me a song ‘Kabhi Kabhi’ on youtube hunting it down, asked me to download Uber when I asked it to book a cab, set me a calendar event when I asked it to record the birthdates, read out my mails from gmail, and finally switched off the mobile when asked it to do so. I need to peacefully discuss with my techie friends on what all features does this phone posses and also explore, what all employment opportunities I could offer to Bixby to keep her work interesting and occupied.

The thought also crossed my mind of how Miss Bixby could impact the current gen kids and the teen. For sure, the kids would end up having one common best friend in their lives, a personal secretary to dance to their tunes, cut off from the outside world, helping Bixby become more and more intelligent feeding different questions, taking a liking towards an artificial being, developing of a demanding attitude, increased expectations, and so on. Hope the digital world doesn’t conquer and throw away emotions, relationships, liking, caring etc. from this young hearts.

On the writing side, I am sure someday Miss Bixby will grow up into helping writers in drafting the blogposts as they speak to it. But I still feel that I would prefer to type in my blogpost instead even if the feature is made available, as I have already lost the privilege of holding a pen that used to give birth to the words on a paper, when the ink and nib met at the horizon and though the pen is turned digital now, the feeling that the fingers are typing those words atleast contents the heart that the hand is still at work.

Well, I will fall in love with the phone shortly, after all I need to respect a ‘GIFT’.

Thank you guys for being there with me all along.

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Very true writing with a pen was truly a different personal feeling.

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    1. darknite says:

      Thanks for the read and comment Ananya. Appreciate the acknowledgement.

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  2. Yes, a very genuine thought and a great post.
    The way you express even the small things are amazing.

    in love with the lines, ” I have already lost the privilege of holding a pen that used to give birth to the words on a paper when the ink and nib met at the horizon “.

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    1. darknite says:

      Thanks Shreya as usual, loved your lovely out of the heart feedback. Appreciate it and thanks for acknowledging

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  3. jyo says:

    Beautifully expressed Ravi…loved the read ❣

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    1. darknite says:

      Thanks Jyo, for the read and the lovely comment.

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  4. Maya Bhat says:

    Those nokia dayswere nostalgic !!! And those sms offers like 100 sms per day and all …. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ The photo of phone reminds all those memories..
    My husband has kept one old nokia set kept safely as an asset 😁. Mine was sold in exchange for another phone or so…πŸ˜‘

    By the way who gifted you samsung s8 😡 … Lucky you πŸ˜‚ !!

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    1. darknite says:

      Wow, nice to know that. Reliance was the one who broke the monopoly and made it available to the common man back then (just like air deccan made airlines affordable to common man). I must say the Nokia company which started evolution just vanished loosing their market ending up as case studies in the academic books.

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  5. Indira says:

    As you rightly said the use of the phone has gone beyond our imagination… now more than ‘smart’ phones, ‘smarter’ ones with ‘selfie smart’ are preferred.
    Let me confess… I am not a great fan of this trend πŸ™‚

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    1. darknite says:

      Agree with your thoughts Indira madam, and this is the revolution now :-). However the clarity per SLRs and mobile cannot be compared but ofcourse the mobile cameras are for a different segment and it works well for instant snaps

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      1. Indira says:

        I know…I know…
        Still I will very very rarely use a cell phone for photoshoot. I prefer my cam for that! πŸ™‚

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      2. darknite says:

        Yes madam i can understand your love for camera and that it is clearly displayed in ur blogposts πŸ™‚

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    1. darknite says:

      thank you πŸ™‚

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  6. Well, Ravi. This reminds me A.I. from Dan Brown’s novel Origins. Well, the concept of this book is man evolved from the monkey…the scary fact is that evolution hasn’t stopped with man, He is evolving into something else. Yes, A.I. (Artificial Intelligence).

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  7. That is indeed a good collection of phones, Ravi. It is the Nokia 6600 that caught my attention. I was the proud owner of that phone during my younger days and I did not lose any opportunity to flaunt it. It was so heavy that it could double as a weapon when the need arose (which was rarely those days). The advent of the smart phone has brought us a long way and like the Bixby, my children are seen using ‘Siri’ ( a post I have written about for the newspaper that I hope will see the day of light soon). It is nice to have someone to do even do a search in Google for you, but sometimes a bit intimidating too as to where this is taking us too. Like you, I too would love the editing and writing of my blog for myself.
    Enjoyed this post, Ravi. Very nostalgic and insightful.

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    1. darknite says:

      Thanks Madam. Nokia 6600 was the phone that brought in internet into mobiles in color and was considered to be techy those days. It was a user friendly phone for its price I beleive and no doubt my friends made me buy it. I did check siri too on my friends mobile and am really surprised with the artificial intelligence going these heights. Never anticipated that we would be experiencing the things that were once showcased or presented in hollywood movies. Good to know about your proposed article for papers and hope it comes out soon.

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      1. I was not aware of the technicalities then as I was too busy showing it off but it was for a very short while before I had to hand it over to my brother, who was its rightful owner. Siri is helpful and even can brighten a dull day if you ask her some strange questions. Yes, technology has came very far.

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