Tuesday 26 September 2017

Mind what you say - because your TV might be listening

We’ve entered an era where people will raise their fingers to their lips because they’ve forgotten how to turn off the VO on their television set.
We’ve entered an era where people will raise their fingers to their lips because they’ve forgotten how to turn off the VO on their television set.
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

We live in privacy obsessed times, which is rather ironic. After all, many of those who complained most vociferously about the alleged snooping of the NSA on our personal emails failed to realise that by posting every conceivable piece of personal information on social media, the average spook merely needs to follow you on Twitter to find out everything they need to know.

But the news that the latest Samsung Smart TV can now listen to what you say in the 'privacy' of your own sitting room is surely a new intrusion. Who, in the name of Orwell, thought that was a good idea?

Its new telly, like X-Box Live, contains voice-operated software which allows you to tell it to change channel and raise or lower the volume and basically provides those important functions you need for those occasions when using the remote control really is too much hassle. Who among us has never wished that there would come a day when we could just talk to the telly instead?

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