Monday, February 1, 2016

Gratitude Monday -- Too Smart Technology Edition

We watched a very pleasant movie on TV the other night, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen.
It was recorded last Monday and we watched it a few days later.
I am grateful to have seen it, but more than anything I am confused as to why it was recorded.
Finding and setting programs for the PVR to record is my duty and I take it seriously.
This movie was a total mystery to us on many levels including we'd never heard of it and had no reason to record it.
Near as I can figure it we're the beneficiaries of "Too Smart Technology." That is, after monitoring our viewing habits for six weeks the PVR thought the movie was something we might enjoy.
It was right.

I am sure there is a prosaic explanantion for the above.
Malfunction of some sort, presumably. Or my finger slipped.
But until it is otherwise explained I am going with the above and hope that any choice it makes in the future is as enjoyable as this one.


the Bag Lady said...

As long as your PVR doesn't suddenly decide you would enjoy watching porn, let it do the deciding for you! (Kidding!!) I have no idea why it would record something for you without your input, but at least it chose something you enjoyed.

Tabor said...

I had seen that movie and vaguely remembered it. Not sure I understood the premise if I cannot remember it.

Leah J. Utas said...

Bag Lady, let's hope it doesn't start recording porn. Eeww.

Tabor, it was a fine movie.

solarity said...

This is why I hope never to acquire a "smart" refrigerator. I don't want it ordering what it thinks I need to eat.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

messymimi said...

While i'm glad it worked out that it recorded a good movie based on your previous choices, i am beginning to wonder if serendipity, happy accidental discoveries of things, is being replaced with computers pre-filling things in for us, preventing those happy accidents.

Anonymous said...

First Facebook is always asking me questions like we're friends and now the PVR may start recording things I enjoy. I see a robot partner in my future.

Barbara Martin said...

Well, its like finding something in a room that you never owned in the first place, or an extra sock in the dryer that came from some place else. It was meant to be.

Leah J. Utas said...

Mary Anne, that would be scary.

Messymimi, I love happy accidents. I don't want to be without them.

Kimberley, wahtever works.

Barbara, I agree completely.