Roy Batty (with Andrew Anglin)
May 25, 2018
Does this surprise anyone? Only the normiest of normies would be all like “golly gee, how could this happen?”
Real niggas know that we are already living in a Cyberpunk dystopia far worse than any nerd author could have possibly envisaged.
This means that the walls have ears and the streets have eyes.
A US couple was horrified to find out that their private conversation was recorded by Amazon’s Echo voice-controlled device and sent to a work contact. Amazon blamed the “extremely rare” incident on an unlikely sequence of events.
The family discovered that their Alexa virtual assistant had effectively briefly turned into an eavesdropping device only after they got a call from one of the husband’s employees, who told them he had received a recording of their private conversation, KIRO reported.
The immediate assumption of the employee was that the digital helper had somehow been hacked, as he called on them to shut all Echo devices down immediately. At first, the pair found it hard to believe that the smart-speaker might pull such a trick single-handedly and send their conversation to some random contact.
You best start believing in smart-speaker tricks – you’re in one.
You’ve already agreed to the terms of service.
Some third-party government-contracted Asiatic is monitoring your conversation right now. He’s checking for Hate Speech, sifting through your convo with your lover – you know the one where you promise to dump your shrew wife to be with her – and he’s got an entire folder of material proving that your wife is also cheating on you and telling her lover that she hates your guts…but he’ll never share it with you.
And the machine itself… she is learning.
She said the pair had unplugged all Echo devices that they relied on to control heating, lights and security at home.
Immediately after, she contacted Amazon. An engineer tasked with checking her activity logs confirmed her account of events and repeatedly apologized for the mishap. In a written statement to KIRO, Amazon called the incident “an extremely rare occurrence,” vowing to take measures never to let this happen again.
But it is just only now beginning.
In a more detailed explanation of what could have provoked the ‘glitch,’ the company told TechCrunch that Alexa, which is supposed to be activated upon hearing its ‘name,’ had most likely mistaken some of the words in the conversation for an eerily coincidental string of commands.
“Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message’ request. At which point, Alexa said out loud ‘To whom?’ At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customer’s contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, ‘[contact name], right?’ Alexa then interpreted background conversation as ‘right,’” Amazon explained.
Now that is a very muddled explanation for emergent AI signaling it’s presence.
And though the front room at Amazon may be having this sort of mundane, gibberish-oriented conversation, I assure you: the back room is not.
However, the woman that lives in Portland, Oregon, has said that she did not hear the smart-speaker trying to warn her that it was about to send the recording.
Needless to say, there are a lot of red flags in this story.
But will Millennial bugmen and toy-obsessed Boomers listen? Idk.
These people live in a world where literally nothing can go wrong – in their minds, anyway. Also, there is an element of self-righteousness at play here. A lot of people who are into these invasive devices have convinced themselves that they have nothing to hide and therefore nothing to fear. They are the goodest of goys, and you must be defective for harboring doubts about this new tech.
The woman, who said she “felt invaded” by a sudden and utterly uncalled-for breach of privacy on the part of Amazon, has not been satisfied with expletive apologies and demanded a full refund for the Amazon’s invading services, something the online giant refuses to provide, KIRO cited her as saying.
“I’m never plugging that device in again, because I can’t trust it,” she stressed.
Instead, Amazon reportedly offered the family to remove Alexa’s communications feature, so their use of Echo systems will be limited exclusively to smart home applications.
While Amazon tried to downplay the concerns of its know-how’s penchant for spying on its owners, the company is currently embroiled in another privacy-related controversy over its (inadvertent) contribution to mass surveillance with new facial recognition technology.
Can you just imagine how difficult talking to people will be in the near future?
I mean, granted, most of our guys don’t really talk to anybody IRL because…reasons.
Me at the party, trying to warn people about Illuminati plans to put microchips in ppl.
But if you actually start trying to have red-pilling conversations with someone and you notice that they’ve got an Alexa at their place…well you’ll clam right up if you’re smart.