HE FUTURE WILL BE RECORDED, ON YOUR SMART SPEAKER: ALWAYS-ON CORPORATE LISTENING DEVICES, “ARE CERTAINLY OUR FUTURE” | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

HE FUTURE WILL BE RECORDED, ON YOUR SMART SPEAKER: ALWAYS-ON CORPORATE LISTENING DEVICES, “ARE CERTAINLY OUR FUTURE”

SOURCE: BLOOMBERG
Amazon’s patent application for an always-on feature for Alexa, its popular voice-activated personal assistant, has raised a lot of concern. “If you’re already freaked out by the privacy implications of smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo,” says Gizmodo, “we have some bad news.” A headline in Science Alert is even more direct: “Newly Released Amazon Patent Shows Just How Much Creepier Alexa Can Get.” You get the idea.

But the anxiety is much ado about nothing. An Alexa that’s always listening will likely prove more useful than an Alexa that isn’t; and, in any case, always-on devices are certainly our future.

As of January 2019, Amazon had sold more than 100 million devices that include Alexa. That number is certainly dwarfed by the billions of devices that include Siri and Google Assistant. But the difference is, those features come bundled with your smartphone, which has many other uses. When you purchase an Alexa device, you are choosing to invite Amazon into your home to listen to you.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what if you refuse to have this device in your home; what then?!?

Will it become mandatory?!?

And how is Congress going to rationalize this, in this mandatory device being always on, in our homes?!?

I am beginning to think, that this may have been the plan between Congress and Amazon, all along.

Food for thought, my friends.

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