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Have You Seen This? Old world Italy meets new tech

POSTED: January 1, 2018 3:59 a.m.
Martha Ostergar/

Buckle up because you’re about to be charmed and delighted as you watch an Italian grandma try to use her new Google Home device.

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THE KITCHEN — Advances in technology are amazing, but it’s not always sunshine and roses.

The smarter tech gets, the more it feels like the robot uprising will be a thing. And I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.. But I digress. What I’m really talking about is the growing pains of learning new tech.

Let’s be honest, the new tech learning curve doesn’t seem to faze your average 3-year-old child; learning to use new tech mostly affects people who are closer to or completely in their golden years.

The best example of this you will ever see is in this video of an 85-year-old Italian grandma learning to use her new Google Home device. Spoiler alert: it’s completely charming and adorable and hilarious.

Here are some highlights you will enjoy when you watch the video:

  • The polite way grandma introduces herself to Google Home.
  • Grandma’s well-ingrained lessons on touch screen technology … that aren’t relevant in this situation
  • So many emphatic “heys” and “OKs.”
  • Adorable horror when the device gives grandma a weather report.
  • Grandma singing to help the device recognize her favorite song.
And more!

The video was posted by the woman’s grandson, YouTube user Ben Actis, and it has received over half a million views in three days. At least four of those views have been from me alone.

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