New York is big, bewildering, and complicated. When I first moved to this city, I didn’t quite grasp the subway despite my eagerness to learn. I took public transportation to the wrong boroughs, got lost each time I set foot in Brooklyn, and accidentally sent at least a handful of trusting tourists off in the wrong direction only to realize what I’d done minutes too late.

I’ve lived here for seven years and only now do I truly understand the bus.

It’s not that I was especially careless. But I didn’t have a smartphone back then, I’d never lived in a big city before, and frankly, I had plenty of other things to worry about. Little things like “money,” “work,” and “my propensity for selecting bad apartments.”

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Thinking about it now (and the image sure is fuzzy today), there may have been a moment in my life when all the knowledge I’d gathered meshed seamlessly with the futuristic tech tucked in my pocket. Once I got my hands on an iPhone, the Google Maps app—combined with my improved understanding of the city—made navigating the world a hell of a lot easier. But that was years ago, before the heavy, endless doses of internet finally turned my brain to mush.

I am now ready to accept the mush-brained person I have become and, with it, the perpetual feeling of being eaten alive by the tech I crave. So Google’s annual developer keynote felt perfectly timed, featuring (as a brief aside amid a flurry of boring developer updates) news that the company was developing an AI fox. A cute little navigator whose brain has not yet been pounded to a pulp with useless information like who that weirdo Grimes is suddenly dating is, and what his relationship with his family is like.

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Unfortunately we do not know much about the fox. The expert navigator. The bouncy, trotting compass designed to one day augment the boring, 2D maps I typically turn to for wayfinding help. But immediately I trust it. It’s the abstraction we need as Google’s AI tech gets more ubiquitous, complicated, and creepy.

I only caught a glimpse of the fox, because that was all Google offered, but unlike most of the other announcements Google made yesterday, I am eager to learn more, even if Google isn’t all that willing to share just yet. The good fox, the “helpful guide,” my new maps buddy. I truly hope you aren’t just vaporware.

Google, give me the fox.

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