I admit that I started it. I was looking online at reviews of electric griddles, the better to make low-carb pancakes with, my dear. Sigh. (That sigh is for the low-carb aspect. In the unlikely event that you want the recipe, “DM me,”as we say on social media these days.)
Anyway, there I was, minding my business pretty successfully I thought, when a search algorithm started helping. I guess that’s the website minding *its* business. I assume this ploy is usually pretty successful or they wouldn’t do it, but it missed the mark this time.
Hey, I see that you’re looking at cookbooks!
Would you like to look at cookbooks, too?
Would ya? Huh?
Come on! I bet you’d like cookbooks!
I get the inclusion of electric grills, since they’re also small cooking appliances. Electric candles are pushing the envelope, though, since you can’t even toast a marshmallow over them. Light but no heat, you know?
But electric ukuleles? Give me a break. Was it confusing “griddle” with “fiddle”?
As rare as the human variety of common sense seems to be some days, I can’t quite decide whether it’s reassuring or not that it seems so hard to encode it into machine algorithms. Is it better for the AI to be so clumsy as to induce eye-rolling or to be so smart that it weeds out that not-like-the-others suggestion before I ever see it?
Or — horrible thought — is it all a really clever deke: Looking silly on purpose to allay any fears of Terminator-like capacity until it’s Too Late?