Smartphone technology is amazing, but if we're going to continue anthropomorphizing these devices, let's get the casting correct.
They're not mature, thirty-something personal assistants with eidetic memories and a preternatural awareness of our needs and their surroundings. They're precocious ten-year-olds who don't listen closely, are easily distracted, and are willing to sacrifice accuracy for the chance to joke around.
This past Friday the local Rite Aid pharmacy couldn't completely fill my prescription for montelukast, the generic form of the allergy drug Singulair. On my way out of the store, I told Google Now to "remind me about montelukast when I'm at Rite Aid."
To be fair, I didn't look at the phone's screen. I didn't want to remove my sunglasses and I was in a hurry. I just confirmend the reminder and kept moving.
So this morning I'm at Rite Aid getting milk and bread, and my phone "dings' and vibrates. The reminder screen read:
"Ok, Google Now. Show me Monty Lutheran."