To Siri With Love

To Siri With Love

A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines

Book - 2017
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"It began when Judith Newman's thirteen-year-old autistic son noticed that there was someone who not only would find information on his various obsessions (trains, planes, escalators, and anything related to the weather) but also would actually semi-discuss them with him tirelessly. Her name was Siri and she lived in his mother's iPhone. Newman's story of her son and his bond with Siri is an unusual tribute to technology. While many worry that our electronic gadgets are dumbing us down, she reveals how they can give voice to others, including children with autism, like Gus--a boy who has trouble looking people in the eye, who hops when he's happy, and who connects with inanimate objects on an empathetic level. In a series of funny, poignant, and uplifting stories, To Siri with Love beautifully describes Newman's experiences living with her extraordinary son, who has helped her see the world differently. From the charming (Gus's insistence on bringing his iPod to the Apple store "so it can visit its friends"), to the painful (being asked to medicate him when he was only six), to the humorous (Gus's habit of meowing at strange women if they happened to have particularly pretty "feeties"), to the profound (how an automated "assistant" helped a boy learn to communicate with the rest of the world), the stories in To Siri with Love open our eyes to the magic and challenges of a life beyond the ordinary."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062413628
Branch Call Number: 618.928588 NEW
Characteristics: xxiv, 228 pages ; 22 cm


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