The MBA Guide to IT

Episode 39 - Are our devices listening to us?

Monday was Data Privacy Data in the US and Canada.  Friday’s email asks, “Are our devices listening to us?  And are we living in a simulation?”

Of course, they’re listening to us.  They have to.  If you ask Siri, or Alexa, or Cortana, or Google Assistant to do something, they have to be listening all along.

Computer, coffee, black.

Tastes more like Earl Grey.

If you want your computer to obey anything you say, it has to listen to everything you say.

The real question is what they do with all the sounds they collect.  While you’re talking, while you’re working, while you’re sleeping, and whatever else you’re doing with a phone nearby.

Are they using voice recognition to help you alone, or are they building a profile they use for other purposes?

With good privacy policies, you get to decide.

The second question – Are we living in a simulation?

Some math nuts concluded that the amount of information to describe the whole universe is a whole lot more than the information to describe only your life.  So, probabilistically, we’re more likely to be in a simulation.

Let’s see.

Computer, end program.

Powerpoint!  That makes so much sense.

I’m Carter Edmonds with 20CREEK.  We help you build IT you’ll brag about.

Episode #39 – 2/1/2019

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