It may feel as if you have technology in the palm of your hands. Living in the era of social media and technology can have its perks, but it also has a list of downfalls. What is a harmonious balance between privacy and technology?
Samsung Smart TV
The cloud-based speech recognition system contains cameras, temperature sensors, motion sensors, humidity sensors, and microphones, all equipped and ready to catch information at any moment.
This form of “intelligence” has been deemed as intrusive and invasive. People are concerned their sensitive information could be displayed for the world to hear. The cloud-based voice recognition feature everyone worried about uses a separate microphone in the remote control, which is only activated by pressing a button.
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Consumers questions: should my thermostat know when I am out of the house? Privacy has become an issue with the Nest thermostat, as well. With sensitive information being stored in a cloud, the question becomes, who has access to this data? Though the company claims they have no intentions of searching through customer reports, people still worry that a third-party source can gain access.
So, Listen Here!
Has technology become too invasive? The benefits that the devices offer though, may outweigh the negative aspects. For Samsung, executives has released a warning to its customers to avoid discussing personal information in front of their new smart TV sets. The warning applies to viewers who control their sets using its voice activation feature. It listens to conversations, and may share any details it hears with Samsung or third parties. With society being so technologically advanced, consumers must feel comfortable with the innovations of all “smart” devices around them.
For now, watch what you say–you never know when a “smart” device will be listening!
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