Google Made a Booboo

Turns out that some Nest products have built-in microphones, which fact was only recently disclosed to users. The possibilities for abuse are endless. Looks like Bruce Schneier’s predictions, expressed in his book Click Here to Kill Everybody, are coming true. From the book’s blurb:

From driverless cars to smart thermostats, from autonomous stock-trading systems to drones equipped with their own behavioral algorithms, the internet now has direct effects on the physical world. [emphasis added]

Don’t worry, though. Google admits that not disclosing the microphone “…was an error on our part.” Rest assured they are very sorry. You’ve had a hidden microphone in your house but don’t worry; nobody was listening. Move along; nothing to see (or hear).

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Author: drlorentz

photon whisperer & quantum mechanic

6 thoughts on “Google Made a Booboo”

  1. This is exactly why I will not “smart” anything in my house if I can get away with it. Yes I have a smart phone and of course a computer, but beyond that I have to draw the line. The sad thing is that eventually there will be a push to mandate these things from the government in the name of “climate change” or “piblic safety.” Stalin and Hitler were teddy bears compared to what is coming.

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  2. Robert A. McReynolds:
    This is exactly why I will not “smart” anything in my house if I can get away with it. Yes I have a smart phone and of course a computer, but beyond that I have to draw the line. The sad thing is that eventually there will be a push to mandate these things from the government in the name of “climate change” or “piblic safety.” Stalin and Hitler were teddy bears compared to what is coming.

    IoT is the enabling technology for the totalitarian state. Centuries ago, kings and tyrants might aspire to control their subjects but they lacked technical means to do so: the king’s men could not be everywhere. Now they can, and people are signing up for it voluntarily.

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  3. Robert A. McReynolds:
    This is exactly why I will not “smart” anything in my house if I can get away with it. Yes I have a smart phone and of course a computer, but beyond that I have to draw the line. The sad thing is that eventually there will be a push to mandate these things from the government in the name of “climate change” or “piblic safety.” Stalin and Hitler were teddy bears compared to what is coming.

    That you know of Robert. It is technically easy to put microphones and cameras in things. The hard part is to get the lasers on the sharks. Stumpy doesn’t want to try that again.

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  4. These companies just take it  for granted that gathering information from you is their birthright. They know your search history. They know your e-mails if you use one of their “free” services. Some know your shopping history. You are a commodity more than a customer. Maybe even a lab rat willing to do things for a food pellet.

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  5. 10 Cents:
    The hard part is to get the lasers on the sharks. Stumpy doesn’t want to try that again.

    You’re right. I tried to make this happen but the gubmint got cold feet. I wonder if they originally got the idea from the movie.

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