The real cost of smart speakers

28 dec 2020
1 114 085 Skatījumi

Alexa's recording you. What’s she doing with it?
Read Sara’s article about the privacy settings on your smart speaker: www.vox.com/recode/2020/12/9/22160427/amazon-alexa-google-assistant-siri-holidays
Correction: At 0:58, we mistakenly suggest that every 1 in 5 American households has a smart speaker. In fact, over one-third of U.S. adults has a smart speaker. We regret the error.
In 2014, Amazon debuted a simple but industry-changing product: the smart speaker. Technically the Amazon Echo was just a microphone attached to the internet that you installed in your home. But it let users ask a digital assistant, Alexa, thousands of questions and commands, and it was a hit. Before long, Google and Apple followed with their own smart speakers, and today, a device that began as a curiosity has become commonplace: one in five US households now owns a smart speaker.
Smart speakers offer convenience; much of their popularity can simply be chalked up to that. But tech companies are also clearly pushing the technology onto consumers hard, sometimes selling smart speakers at rock-bottom prices, and building the “listening” technology that drives them into all sorts of other products, from headphones to doorbells. And a big reason for that is all the data that they produce.
Just like our web searches, online purchases, and social networks, every command you give to a smart speaker is a new piece of data that tech companies own. Most likely, your voice recordings are already being used for improving those companies’ listening algorithms and ad targeting, but there’s very little transparency and no way to know exactly how they use human voice data. All we really know is that these devices have enabled their manufacturers to collect gigantic troves of voice recordings - and that opting out of it isn’t always easy.
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  • Me before the video: I know they probably steal our data, but what for? Me after the video: I know they probably steal our data, but what for? Disclaimer: Sorry if you said it, I'm kind of tired.

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  • The gist is you buy an expensive microphone that can and stores your data for xyz use ... be aware of privacy.

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  • Some rewards thing gave my mom a google home for free and she thought it was just a speaker.... needless to say my dad and I immediately told her to never plug it in or use it

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  • >It's just a microphone connected to the internet well, yeah.... >It just records my question and sends it off to an Amazon database basically, yes. Like how do you not know this? >Your question stays in their database forever TIL most consumers have no idea how modern technology works

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  • sometimes companies straight up give away these devices for 'free'

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  • it was really helpful...I just turned off ad personalization...wasn't knowing there was something like that.

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  • It's literally just a link to a search engine, just use your phone lol.

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  • Anyone else play this video out loud and activated their google home?

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  • 10 dollars in the USA. Mine is equivalent to 50 - 100 dollars. Less than 1% have this smart speaker in my country alone

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  • This video activated my Nest audio which then gave me tips for what to do in Santa Cruz. (As an aside, I find Google knowing everything about me just makes my ad experiences and Android experience much more convenient and personalized. But that's obviously a trade-off with privacy.)

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  • Googles ad personalization works even though I have it turned off so it doesn’t mean anything

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  • As far as I'm concerned it's win-win. I get to use a useful tool, I get adverts (which I would get anyway) but instead of seeing sports bra's and nail polish I get things that might be relevant to my interests. They get more $'s. There are ways to hide the information you don't want them to know about. Also you're the worst for setting off my Google Home like that.

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  • This is where I drew a hard line. No smart speakers in our house I don’t even want them on my home network.

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  • You could have made it better by adding more insights, i didnt received any valuable insights except the options to opt out and delete recordings... but indeed good work!!! keep it up. am fan of Vox since two days.

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  • If Amazon, Apple or Google wants to record me naked jerking off in my room I personally don’t care, because whoever sees it won’t leak it due to the reproductions. I would only care if everyone saw it, then I’d feel embarrassed. I especially don’t care if a computer uses me as a data point. I only care once that data point is used to target me.

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  • the microphone is open 100% of the time. they are constantly listening to what you say. it broadcasts in real-time as long as you have an open internet connection. the data is sent to outsourced companies like the one that i work for and then analyzed for marketing purposes (and not just) also for Home Land Security benefits.

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  • I had a Google home but I got rid of it because I learned that turning off the mic doesn't really stop it from listening. If you turn it off and continue talking to it, it will tell you that the microphone is off. That was enough to make me get rid of it

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  • you can just simply not own one so you won't have to worry about it.

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  • The trading system is a set of certain algorithms trading, instructions, and action of the trader, on the basis of the technical analysis. In each trading system, the conditions for entry/exit time intervals, money management, and risk management are clearly defined. Trading systems allow you to limit the factor of emotional influence on decision-making, as well as to give the trade a certain degree of systemic character. I have been trading forex for 6 months now and never have! regretted going into it, my only regret is not going through the right way as I lost a lot before l was directed to the best trading agent in the market, Expert Mrs Linda Tamara, she grew my account drastically with my initial investment of $4500 to $32000 in a week +1 (602) 661-3144 what's app.....💯💯thank me later

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  • You include Apple in this video but you never mention anything about how they handle data

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  • It’s so weird how in America everyone uses Alexa but in every other modern country, everyone uses Google Home.

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  • 0:57 Where is that information from?

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  • 0:20 came first with Apple Watch*

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  • Me: Please, turn off all Alexa devices in the U.S. Alexa: Sure, but first I have to call Jeff Bezos. I suggest you run.

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  • Until late 2019 Amazon's metadata for every question you asked Alexa stored the physical coordinates of your Alexa device (literally latitude, longitude). There was a report in Bloomberg about it , google it.

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  • Thanks the video than special thanks for activating my smart devices by not censoring the hey siri and ok google catchphrases!

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  • But how do we know if they are really deleting our data?

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  • So... smart speakers are basically Chinese surveillance but commercialize.

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    • @soiung toiue it's possible since apple's advantage to all android phones is its security. In order for them to protect its users, they collect data from them. The data are then used to improved their security. That's the reason why apple devices are updated more frequently than android devices.

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    • Apple is also sailing in the same boat? I doubt

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  • And people put tape over their laptop webcam and feel safe, meanwhile...

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  • Literally everyone knows this.

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  • Am I the only one who finds them completely useless?

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  • You are the product

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  • You really didn't censor out the hotwords?

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  • Not sure why Apple was included in this video.

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    • Minuscule amount compared to those other disgraceful companies.

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    • They sell smart speakers, and they also collect user data. They don’t use it for advertising purposes, but they still collect the data.

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  • Is it better for a hostile foreign government to spy on you or a big tech oligopoly to spy on you? You have a choice of how your data is used, but in both cases you are giving up your right to privacy so that a powerful entity can collect on your personal data. The problem today is that the line between hostile governments and big tech gets blurrier by the day.

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    • Sad thing is nobody cares.

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  • We’re sacrificing all of our privacy for a little bit of convenience.

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  • Get lost Vox. What they do with our data is not a mystery. It was very popular a century ago and even had your PIN tattooed on your arm and a yellow badge on your coat, but now, it's on a world wide digital scale. Big Tech is playing useless gods in a sea of siren songs that smart speakers delivers with your monthly payment.

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  • yeah i got a google home for free with my spotify subscription bc i wanted a blue tooth speaker and thought it would work nicely. For some reason my cat HATED it and constantly sought to pick it up by the frabic and chuck it off any surface until it finally broke... maybe he knows something

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  • Alexa, immediately delete everything i said until now !!!!

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  • Correct me if I’m wrong but your phone already does this on a way more intense level. It’s not cool, and I don’t think anyone is genuinely into it, but the in-house speaker seems pretty tame compared to the way your phone captures everywhere you go, everyone you call, every website you visit (including where on each page you look at and for how long,) and also listens to everything you say, right from your pocket. It’s not that in-house speakers aren’t a problem it’s that cellphones seem way more intense... But maybe that’s just me.

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  • Apple is also sailing in the same boat? I doubt

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  • So if you google something, it stays... wow

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