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    Alexa

    created by colorwheel05 159 days 15 hours 48 minutes ago

    Category: Technology

    Alexa

    Hey Cnet,

    Do the Alexa devices weird you out? There's something about a device that's always listening that makes me more and more uncomfortable every day. I have mine in my kitchen, and sometimes I'll be walking down the stairs and I see her "listening" light is on, and then as soon as I get down she shuts off. Who knows what the heck it's doing.

    Have you seen the new Echo Look? It takes photos of you and tells you if your outfit is good or not. Is that really necessary?

    Which devices do you have?

    Have a great Saturday!
    Gabriella

    Re: Alexa

    Wow, that is creepy! I think we have to understand that if we are trying to simplify or improve our lives with technology, someone is receiving the data to either improve the technology or develop something new, which is a creepy thought.

    That being said, we have a smart thermostat and cameras on our house and are interested in getting more “smart” devices because it does improve the quality of our lives!

    Thanks!

    Morgan

    Re: Alexa

    Hey Gabriella!

    I have a google home and an amazon dot. I'm aways studying up on the NSA and privacy, but it's obvious that these devices are used to homeland security purposes and consumer data collection. Remember when those smart TVs were found to have audio recordings for your living room discussions? It's creepy and I don't agree with it, but I also like the futurist aspect.

    My boyfriend works for google and when he's talking about work, he actually unplugs the google home. He might be superstitious, but also he might not be. Who knows.

    For fun, ask your device if the NSA is listening.

    Best,
    Lindsay

    Re: Alexa

    I definitely think these devices are too creepy!

    We have traded privacy for convenience. I don't think I would have one. I love gadgets but I also keenly remember George Orwell's 1984 and will forever be wondering when Big Brother is watching me!

    With that said, I have an apple watch and wonder if Siri is listening to me even if I have the setting off.

    Re: Alexa

    Lyndsay's suggestion about NSA prompted me to search and I found a slew of articles about how NSA and other hackers can take control of almost any device online.

    Spooky!

    Re: Alexa

    We have an alexa and she does creep me out a little! It reminds me a show I watched called "Person of Interest". It was about the government building a machine that spied on the public through all the smart devices like alexa/phones/security cameras. It is a little unsettling to think about, but I guess it is a risk you take when using devices like this to assist you.
    Have a good day :)
    -Erin

    Re: Alexa

    It's interesting how even though many of us find these devices questionable, we still have them. Obviously I'm in that grouping as well. I mostly use the echo dot to listen to music and news. It's nice to be able to do it hands free when I'm cooking or washing dishes.

    Re: Alexa

    I have an iPhone 4s and a Mac Book that's so old if it were alive it could go to middle school. I'm not a big fan of gadgets that can listen in on your conversations. I heard a piece on NPR where the analyst claimed that "espionage is the business model of the internet." So I don't doubt but what Alexa listens to you when you least suspect. For that matter, maybe some robot is going to scan all of the posts on this forum.

    My friend has the google thing-that-listens. Yesterday he asked it a question from the other room and the stupid thing answered. And this guy has a house the size of Jed Clampett's mansion in Beverly Hillbillies. The device was downstairs in the kitchen and he called to it from the upstairs recording studio. It had to be 100 feet from where he sat.

    Re: Alexa

    Hey Gabriella,

    I think these devices are pretty cool, but they freak me out at the same time. I don't have Alexa or any of the Google Home products. However, I do have an Iphone and I feel like it does the same thing.

    The other day I was talking to my friend on the phone and we were discussing home maintenance and the need for a checklist for certain items. I've never searched for this on my phone-ever. Later that night, I opened my Pinterest App and the first thing that popped up was a checklist for home maintenance projects!

    A couple of days later, a friend and I were planning my baby shower. We had been talking about what time we wanted to do it. I created the Facebook invite, and the exact time we had been talking about hosting it automatically popped up.

    As cool as it is that these devices are intuitive, it does really freak me out that they're constantly listening and collecting data from us. Sometimes it makes me want to really simplify and get off the grid for a while!

    Thanks for the post! Have a good one!
    Megan