No, not to check up on one another, though that’s a good use, but to see how close to home or the restaurant or a destination we are near a scheduled time.
Find My iPhone (and the related Find My Friends) are good ways for couples, families, and perhaps employers to find out where spouses, children, and employees are at any given moment.
Think of how boring the ancient TV show Car 54, Where Are You? would have been if Gunther and Francis each had iPhones. Even members of the various Star Trek crews could be located simply by asking the Computer for the location.
Knowing the location of a loved one, family member, friend, or employee can be a good thing if both parties agree that it’s a good thing. If you’re an iPhone owner and use Siri, you know that all you need to do is ask for someone’s location and Siri will comply (assuming the information is set up in Contacts, or available in Find My Friends).
Ask Siri, “Car 54, where are you?” and the answer you get most of the time is, “Here.” Ha ha. Funny. Good one, Siri. But the fact is that the reality of the future is just beginning to peak out from behind those flat shiny screens we stare into each day.
If you’re at all like me then you want Siri to be a constant companion, always available, at your beck and call, ready to respond with analysis or dispense some useful data or both; whether carrying an iPhone, using and iPad or Mac, or even driving a car. Siri remains limited, but with less limited potential.
For example, tell Siri to check the traffic. What you get back in response is a map of your location, but Siri clams up, and doesn’t say anything about congestion, alternate routes, problems on your daily commute.
What we humans want is a more human Siri; interaction, anticipation, and perspective– all human traits. When Apple can bring that to an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch, then the world will pay more attention. As it is now, we’re just buying technology to use, and true interaction remains a dream for tomorrow.