Is it time to get rid of that Memory Foam Mattress?
Once your “smart” appliances can talk to you, who else are they talking to? Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu wanted to find out – so they outfitted Hill’s apartment with 18 different internet-connected devices and built a special router to track how often the devices contacted their servers and see what they were reporting back. The results were surprising – and more than a little bit creepy. Learn more about what the data from your smart devices is telling companies about your sleep schedule, TV binges, sex toys and even your tooth-brushing habits – and how tech companies could use it to target and profile you. (This talk contains mature language.)
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Some comments from TED:
Ces Ca1ao said:
Data mining of private lives for the purpose of generating revenue is very relevant in society today and multi dimensional. But this talk cheapens the topic by touching its surface via sexual anecdotes. I want to draw a new insight from a relevant topic. I don’t want an entertaining bar joke. In a sense, the data collectors are more precise in their goal than the shock-n-awe of this presentation.
Lauren Dove said:
Wouldn’t it be easier and just as cost effective to employ a human butler or personal assistant? Why is making coffee so hard anyway?
Seriously; this is a solution struggling to find a need.
It’s like, – hey! we’ve discovered electricity! what will we do with it?!!
Well, – I have a suggestion, – why don’t we understand IT intimately first?
Electricity waves create the universe. Learning exactly how electricity creates matter will solve all our problems, yet most people want to focus on what device they can hook it up to in order to make money.
The governments of the world have probably been spying on us all since TV’s came out; and now all of us are spying on each other. I cannot see this ending well.
Let’s stop sounding like kindergarten kids, bring the science together and start solving some real problems.
Eric Zhang said:
This talk really gives us an insight in to the intrusion of our privacy by all the smart device. It is true that with the fast advance of the technology we get all sorts of convenience. However, if these technology are not used in a good and reasonable way, we can also be harmed by them. It’s just like a double-edged sword. Data mining can be really creepy, and I am for protecting one’s privacy.
Richard Emmett said:
Concerning the coffee maker User Interface:
I have little faith in Artificial Intelligence because I have seen so much Artificial Stupidity in my life.
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