Roger M. Kaye
A retired physicist reinvented as thriller novels writer

Are You Smarter Than Your Phone?

No Trouble From This Phone - It's Tied Down (Free to Use Photo by Pixabay on Pexels)

I woke up early this morning. Well, to be accurate, I was woken up early. As usual, it is my Smart Phone that decided when I should wake up. I quickly let it know that I had understood and was awake. Of course, I did not have to look for my phone, I sleep with it in my hand in case it needs me. It will wake me with a gentle vibration so as not to startle me.

Once out of bed, I looked at my phone to see what I should wear. I had no idea what my plans for the day were; my phone would let me know in good time.

It seemed that casual wear was the order of the day. To show that I am the master of my destiny, I was allowed to choose the colour of my socks, light brown or dark brown. I was tempted to wear one of each, but this would not have gone down well, my phone has no sense of humour.

I glanced out of the window. I did not need to look at the weather, my phone has an hour-by-hour forecast for the whole day. Yes, as I had hoped, the young woman across the road was at her window. It was a pleasant sight, but it did not last long. After a quick consultation, her phone and my phone agreed that this was not acceptable and closed my curtains. A note appeared on my screen; this was the second time I had been caught in inappropriate viewing, one more time and the curtains would not open for a week. .

Downstairs, still smarting from the dressing down, I stepped on the scales, waited for my Smart Phone to process the information, then checked to see what I could have for breakfast. My Smart Phone is an old model and can only instruct me what I should eat. Unlike more modern versions, it cannot help with the preparation, although it does watch carefully and is not hesitant in telling me if I am eating too much bread or using the wrong jam.

After breakfast, still hungry but happy to have pleased my Smart Phone, I spent a few minutes strolling around the Internet. An advertisement caught my eye ……

Is your Smart Phone running your life? Our Even_Smarter Phone will keep a constant watch on your Smart Phone and warn you if it is getting too smart. Yes, you can outsmart your Smart Phone and get your life back.

Perhaps this is the way to go – put all our Smart Phones in a box and let them sort themselves out. May the smartest Smart Phone win!

About the Author
The author has been living in Rehovot since making Aliya in 1970. A retired physicist, he divides his time between writing adventure novels, getting his sometimes unorthodox views on the world into print, and working in his garden. An enthusiastic skier and world traveller, the author has visited many countries. His first novels "Snow Job - a Len Palmer Mystery" and "Not My Job – a Second Len Palmer Mystery" are published for Amazon Kindle. The author is currently working on the third Len Palmer Mystery - "Do Your Job".
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