Saturday 23 February 2019

The Big Tech Show: Reasons why Facebook (probably) isn’t listening through your phone

Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

It’s arguably the most talked-about tech question of our time – is Facebook listening to your physical conversations to serve you ads? An increasing number of people are convinced that this is the case.

To take a technical and ethical dive into the issue, Adrian is joined by three people who are deeply knowledgeable about the science, marketing and cultural tech behind what it would all entail. Facebook ad expert Damien Mulley doesn’t believe it’s happening and explains why.

Dr Patricia Scanlon, founder of voice AI specialist firm Soapbox Labs, is sceptical but thinks it might be possible under certain circumstances. And culture journalist Roisin Kiberd takes a step back to consider its place in our wider relationship with tech.

If you like informed, in-depth commentary on a big tech issue of the day, this is worth your time.

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