So I came home the other day to find not one but two Google Home units installed in the house, one in the living room and one in the main bedroom. Mrs ASE thought they would be 'cool'; she now spends more time talking to them than she does to me (perhaps an unintended feature for some of us?)
Have to admit its a bit unnerving knowing these devices are essentially always-on albeit in passive mode waiting on the acoustic signature of the 'wake words' ("Hey.." or "OK Google" in the case of the units at our place). I know too that only when it receives this activation command does it actually and truly 'wake up' to relay the command to the cloud and in the process fetch response(s) from Google (or Amazon’s etc.,) servers.
That all said *were* I part of a nefarious shadow organization bent on world control I_might be inclined to promote the Echo-Alexa-Home units to facilitate their insidious spread throughout the world, thereby ensuring a form of 'mass global surveillance'. Hm...maybe I'll just pull the damn plug whenever I don't want to take a chance on it hearing, recording and storing 'somewhere' something I don't want it to. They're impressive devices: its like interacting with another human in normal real-time conversation, a little unnerving since the algorithm is designed to be a learning unit and interact even more naturally over time, but also a bit scary. Its kind of like "1984".....34 years later. SkyNet Jr. anyone?