I have a serious question. Is my phone racist?
On Tuesday I was on my weekly sojourn into the city for lectures. The train ride there was uneventful. However, on the way back something bizarre happened and no one has been able to explain it.
On my trusty Samsung phone there is a location indicator, like the one in the picture. (Except that I am not in Bogota and my phone does not speak Bogotarian language.) Until now, my location has been pretty accurate. I can be anywhere in Australia or NZ and I can open the red, canvas, slightly grubby cover to discover where I am. I sometimes have conversations with my phone, thanking it for reminding me that I’m on holiday.
‘Oh? I’m on the Gold Coast? You bet I am!’
On Tuesday, when I got off the train and checked in vain for any messages I may have missed, the location indicator said ‘Vejalpur’. I stared at it for a while, never having heard of said place. I wondered if it was maybe a new suburb along the South Auckland rail network. Maybe near Papatoetoe. So I googled it. It’s a city in India. India?! I have never been to India. And I’m pretty sure we did not pass through India between Newmarket and Papakura. When I refreshed the location, it corrected itself.
Now, here’s the thing. On the train I had an Indian man sitting next to me, and two sitting in front of us. They were all on their phones the entire time. Did my phone think I was in India because I was surrounded by Indian men?
Next time I’m on a terrible date, I’m going to secretly open my phone to see if the location has changed to ‘Hell’.