I have to admit I want one of these. This might be the coolest device ever invented. Introducing The Amazon Echo
It’s like having your very own Government spy right there in your living room, listening to every word you say – tracking everything you do – storing it on the cloud.
According to Amazon’s Website:
Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It’s hands-free and always on. With seven microphones and beam-forming technology, Echo can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound.
Echo connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service, to provide information, answer questions, play music, read the news, check sports scores or the weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. Echo begins working as soon as it detects the wake word. You can pick Alexa or Amazon as your wake word.
Now having this device in your living room that plays music on request and answers questions by voice recognition seems like a dream come true.
Tucked under Echo’s light ring is an array of seven microphones. These sensors use beam-forming technology to hear you from any direction. With enhanced noise cancellation, Echo can hear you ask a question even while it’s playing music.
And it does a lot more. …live sports scores and schedules, traffic reports – it even connects to your lights and home appliances!
“Why is the market down today Echo?” “Well, investors are concerned about the Greek debt crisis and nervous over the upcoming Fed rate hike” says Echo. “Thanks, I should have known that” you say.
…it’s always getting smarter. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. And because Echo is always connected, updates are delivered automatically.
NSA approved – CIA recommended The Amazon Echo will learn everything about you and I can only imagine the possibilities for complete invasion of privacy.
Everything you say in the privacy of your own living room is recorded and cataloged “in the cloud”. Just watch what you say…
“Damn I’m hungry, maybe I should order a pizza” – Suddenly there’s a knock on the door. Look! It’s a drone with a pizza with your favorite toppings. Are you going to go ahead and take it?
One evening you’re sitting around after a long day, swilling a few beers and trying to relax and that damn dog starts barking. All of a sudden your Taylor Swift song is interrupted by Echo asking “should I call the dog walker for you? Perhaps you would like to have a box of Milk Bones delivered. We can have them there in 15-minutes by drone”.
A little freaked out, you decide to call your “friend” to order some “medication” to help you relax. “Just bring it on over” you say, “it’s been a long day and my biotech stocks got crushed”.
The knock on the door is just what you wanted to hear, except when you open it there is your best buddy in handcuffs surrounded by a SWAT team that wants to come in and “take a look around”.
Damn you Echo…
Now I’m sure as long as you are careful about what you say there shouldn’t be a problem. After all, Echo’s benefits more than outweigh the potential for invasion of privacy.
“Send some flowers to my wife” you say. “I shouldn’t have smacked her and called her a bitch. I might have over-reacted”.
“Your wish is my command” says Echo. I’ll send a dozen roses and some chocolate to her Mom’s house like last time. By the way I found a good anger-management class I could recommend”.
But with the The Amazon Echo you won’t need that Clapper anymore. Just tell it to turn off the lights and crank up the A/C and you’re all set.
The possibilities are really endless and this has to be the coolest, yet most Orwellian device I have ever seen. I’m certain I’m just being paranoid when I think of all the potential and various possibilities for invasion of privacy. I’m sure it’s totally innocuous and you could say or ask Echo anything with no worries at all.
It might actually be fun to test my theory by launching into a verbal rant worthy of infinite detention at Gitmo to see what happens. The kind of stuff I don’t dare type on a blog post. Grab a few drinks and use your imagination – Echo will know you’re joking around.
But then again in the back of my mind I can’t help but think anything you say could potentially be added to your dossier and stored in the cloud for Judgement Day. Perhaps used against you in a court of law? Nah, couldn’t happen.
How could the “Powers That Be” possibly have a back-door into Echo and therefore your living room? Why would they care what you are up to? That’s science fiction stuff.
And of course if you have nothing to hide it doesn’t really matter right?
Get Yourself An Amazon Echo and let me know what you think. And with your new Echo, let the NSA know what you think too!
What’s next? The Google Toilet?
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