Friday September 18, 2020

Is your digital assistant spying on you?

Global tech giants are encouraging the fitting of microphones and cameras in every room of our house, always listening, always on and always internet-connected, allowing our every movement to be tracked. Why aren’t we more worried?

24th February, 2019

So, you get your kid a ‘smart’ doll for her birthday, one that she can converse with. Your daughter tells the doll: “Daddy hurt me.” The doll responds: “Where did Daddy hurt you?” The little girl points: “There.” Next thing, the gardaí are at the door and you’re being hauled in for questioning.

Spooky? Yes. Scary stuff? Yes. Fanciful? No. Your kid’s doll could...

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