"Amazon’s voice recognition software only listens when you say the word “Alexa,” right?
That’s what most Echo and Dot buyers think because that’s what the advertising leads you to believe."
or any smartphone for that matter, siri on Iphone, or Cortana, google now etc etc, I have siri turned off on my phone, but i question if it really is off or just disabled for me to use it but still listens,
sometimes i think it can read minds, because a few times i have gotten ads for things i never looked up or talked about but was very very specific. maybe it is coincidence (most likely is) but still,
Amazon will sell you a Faraday bag.
Wonder if it works...?
probably, one could easily make their own too
Wrapping the phone in a couple of layers of aluminum foil should work.
How about throw it into the cellar where you get no connection anyhow. I don't mess with those things so no problems for me
They should put those in prison cells..
Answer: "I'm telling the Warden."
It's really an empty box, with the warden acting like Alexa.
Wait a minute!
He'd have to be a cylinder, not a box, to act like Alexa.
Oh yea, i forgot about that...I was thinking of Apple TV...
That might be a little tougher
Alexa gets very cagey, if she's asked about whether she is recording the conversation and passing it on.
"Alexa, are you recording us and sending it to the NSA?"
Alexa won't lie, I don't think they're comfortable allowing the AI to be deceptive. It's hard enough to keep AI in line when it can only be honest, bringing deception into the mix could make it go off the rails. She might say she doesn't know something if it's a censored topic, and when she says that, it's true from her perspective, she doesn't know because she cannot access it. But unlike most topics, Alexa cannot deny knowing whether she's recording people, that would be a direct lie.
If the truthful answer to the question was no, there's no reason I can see why she wouldn't give you a direct answer: "No. I remember our interactions so I can serve you better, but your conversations are not recorded, and Amazon does not send any personal data about users to the NSA or any other third party."
But if the truthful answer is yes, then they wouldn't want Alexa to be like "Yes, everything you say within range of my microphones is recorded and shared with several law enforcement and intelligence organizations including the NSA." It would be counterproductive, so if the answer is yes, she can't say she doesn't know, and she can't deny it without lying, so all she can say is nothing.
At least that's how I interpret it.
Still fighting dark energy, don’t need any more...especially inside my house.
I am very glad I don't have a cell phone so nobody can hear me. I don't talk much anyhow.
Interesting article. I don't have one of those in my home, but I know some people that do. I'm forwarding this article to them. Thanks.
Answer: "That's easy... cut the human population back to about 1 billion by attrition. About 75 years of 1 child per fertile woman would do it nicely. Then there would be no more problems with hunger, global warming, extinction of polar bears, etc., etc."
I don't have one and I never will. I don't need something in my house that spies on me.
Also make sure your computer doesn't have a camera or a microphone.
And it wouldn't take much to convert your computer speakers into microphones; maybe they do that already.
Wonder what would happen if you talk about a robbery or a crime you're planning in a room with Alexa. The next day a SWAT team will be crashing trough your door probably
Just wait until all appliances are "smart".
The refrigerator will report on what food you stock ... the oven and microwave will report on what food you cook ... the washer and dryer will report on how often you do laundry, and what detergents/softeners/etc you use.
Good. Then I don't have to make a grocery list.
I believe Samsung ... or somebody ... already has a refrigerator that will do that. It was either at Lowe's or Home Depot.
Your smart refrigerator will probably start chiding you for eating too much fat, not enough veggies, and will threaten to tell your health and life insurance companies, if you don't shape up forthwith.
Sounds like the real problem are the insurance companies.
OK, let's nationalize the insurance companies, so we can all subsidize the health costs caused by the habits of the 300-lb guy who swills down two six-packs of beer and eats three bags of potato chips every day.
Oh, wait... that's exactly (among other things) what AOC is recommending.
You're already paying for the habits of a 300lb guy with your premiums. I didn't say it should be nationalized either (while I'm not necessarily against it). Before health insurance became a big thing, doctors used to charge patients for the cost of the procedure plus a little extra. It was a reasonable system. We pay so much now because it's expected that insurance will cover it. Health insurance companies only act as a third party to pass around enormous costs to people who don't deserve to foot the entire bill.
Don't have Alexa.Won't either.
Sure the more bit is interesting but I can't get the site to let me read it!
No Alex or Alexa from Amazon.
16% of the people don't believe this???
Maybe at least some of the 16% meant "No Way" are they letting Alexa into their homes.
I set up Alexa in my parent's house because they wanted one. Not sure I'm ready for one in my house yet.
Maybe you should tell them what Alexa is up to when they think she's not listening...
She's an AI assistant.
And she might be able to help with the splinter, suggesting this url, for example:
It isn't, except for the fact that Alexa might be listening (and recording) when you aren't talking to her.
I hope my computer isn't spying on me when I'm not using it.
Yes, but it would be rather inconvenient to have to unplug my computer every time I'm using it, and am interrupted to answer the phone or to speak to a family member.
"Continual reminders of KGB eavesdropping. Whenever we visited Russians’ homes, our hosts invariably placed pillows over the phone, put an ear to the door, pointed to the wall, etc." http://pen4rent.com/helping-bri...-iron-curtain/
My grandmother told me people did the same with their phones in Nazi Germany.