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I try to avoid voice control for several reasons, one I talk to myself (I know, I know), two I am paranoid about Big Brother listening (not really an issue) & when I do use it I have an overwhelming desire to say "Open the pod bay doors, Hal" and get disappointed by the reply (I really have to hack it to answer "I'm sorry, but I can't Dave")
I have Google assistant on my Xiaomi Mi tv box, and for that application, it is great. It switches the mic on immediately I enter a search field anywhere (haven't had time to try "Ok, Google" yet), and the search and voice recognition is great.
The box is only on once or twice a week, and Google Assist sure beats entering search terms using on-screen keypads.
"'Do what thou wilt...' is to bid Stars to shine, Vines to bear grapes, Water to seek its level; man is the only being in Nature that has striven to set himself at odds with himself."
The privacy part doesn't bother me... that was lost a long time ago when I started using the internet. I just don't find voice based interfaces the least bit appealing.
The Beer Prayer - Our lager, which art in barrels, hallowed be thy drink. Thy will be drunk, I will be drunk, at home as it is in the tavern. Give us this day our foamy head, and forgive us our spillage as we forgive those who spill against us. And lead us not to incarceration, but deliver us from hangovers. For thine is the beer, the bitter and the lager, for ever and ever. Barmen.
I refuse to have anything like that. Granted, I'm not just "probably", but guaranteed, to be ignorant of how many devices are actually listening without my knowledge. Two laptops in the office upstairs, a laptop downstairs, and my phone are the known suspects.
I am considering getting one as the convenience of just asking the TV to go to a channel etc is quite appealing but I'd have to change the recognition phrase, "Oy dipshit" sound about right and the wife would then refuse to use it.
And yes I do anthropomorphize (I hate US spell checkers) my computers.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity -
I'm old. I know stuff - JSOP
SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!
My neighbor has an amazon talk box. Im gonna start double sound proofing my house in case it can here me through the walls. I know they can hear us from our house, cause they complained about the loud noises a couple weeks ago. We simply swapped our bed room to the other side of the house.
I have a credit card with a low limit that I use only for buying stuff from
Amazon. It was compromised once and I had to have the bank disable it. (There
were three charges from different locations on the US west coast, each for
I also have Alexa which somewhat concerns me, but I never did use Facebook.
I buy tech when I have a use case or need for them, so no; I have no need of some 'AI' assistant. there are a few times when I first got my new phone, it would respond to a question that i was asking my wife, i felt so creeped out, thought about hucking the damn thing into the pool, then I calmed down and figured out how to shut them off. Do not want.
But I'm still seeing ads for things I discuss with my wife or coworker, and I have never done a search on, and find that maddening.
side note, used to have a coworker that would ask cortana to add numbers for him, when working in excel, above all the office noise, i had to listen to: "Cortana, what is 234.54 + 129.5?" I wanted to beat him with his own keyboard. this was not once or twice, but all day.
The risk in digital assistants is that the companies who provide them have a profit motivation. If you ask google assistant to recommend a popular restaurant or a good PC, you can never be sure that advertising dollars don't influence the answer. And gods forbid you ask it for the politics news, because the response will be influenced in all sorts of conscious and unconscious ways.
A secondary risk is that digital assistants attempt to tailor their answer to what they perceive as your needs, based on previous queries. If you ask for Italian restaurants two or three times, it may stop offering you Thai, because the selection algorithm isn't very smart. Sometimes that's great, but sometimes you may want to change your pattern and go out for Thai. Now think what happens when you read just a few articles from FOX News. Now the digital assistant thinks you're a conservative.
I have Siri on my Apple devices. I am not too worried about Apple having information about me because I don't think my information will be shared; they "don't play well with others". I think Amazon would use all information to try to sell me more crap. I wouldn't have Google because world domination is only "the beginning" for them!