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Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Software |

This is how your devices will listen

This is how your devices will listen

It was perhaps with when many people realized that there was a possibility in the use of voice commands in the Smartphone. Not talking about the typical command to “call …” or open an application, this is something that most platforms are present, the for certain commands.

SRI , the real heroes who created Siri managed to create a system capable of recognizing more commands, but above all understand what you want to do. Especially if you’re American and you speak English, what can we do speaking to the tech world dominated by English? Wait suits our languages ​​and our different accents. But Siri has managed to open your mind to your PC, your smartphone, your tablet or your TV can hear and understand what you mean.

Apple uses Siri, uses Google Now, uses S-Voice. Different companies, different developers but all try to make our interaction with technology much simple as possible and without frustration, something that so far in the world of voice recognition is full.

Motorola is about to submit Moto X, its first Smartphone that comes from the hand of Google after purchasing. So far Motorola is dedicated to launching different devices that were already in development and must leave by agreements with operators in the U.S., but according to the video leaked by the operator Rogers, the new Moto X integrates new features to bring Android 4.3, that seems to be more an update with few new features but a completely new version. But what is built is continuous listening voice commands.

“Ok Google Now”

The command to start playing what you say is “Ok Google Now”, similar to “Ok Glass” that is present in Google Glass. Based on the same principle and probably on the same technology, Google Now always listen now, waiting to recognize your voice and the command that triggers it to be of help.

Actually, this is not new. As example I know and use, Samsung integrates a system of continuous speech recognition, which is waiting for someone to say “Hi TV” and from there, you can have almost total control of the TV.

But this simple command, for example, change TV channel at a certain time by voice or as with the new Smartphone from Motorola, will give that talk on, which surely avecinará, privacy issues.

It is in the depths of our being, we are suspicious, and the machines, much more. Distrust of a device that connects to a network of servers and machines through our telephone connection in the early internet. Distrust of online payments because someone can steal our data. We distrust our mobile phones because some governments have access to our data. Distrust of everything, and when there is a technology whose main characteristic is that it is always listening, believe me, we will see many suspicious.

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If anything has taught us the great scandal of PRISM is that the other side, there is always someone checking your data. Unfortunately in this case was a foreign government that a number of laws proclaimed in a moment of fear, believed to have the power to automate large-scale espionage. This has made us more suspicious, and if in your case you have not, you have not been paying enough attention to what can be filtered from your personal data.

Google is well known for making use of personal data to better target ads you get in your services. In Gmail you scan your email to display ads related and might be interested. Google, like most search engines save search history to create a pattern that identifies you and display advertising better targeted to your tastes. Only Google knows now that it is able to pull data from Google Now to focus the rest of your products to your needs.

Personally that Android is able to recognize my voice to make a query without having to touch anything seems like a good service. Let Google do anything with my data and I like less searches. But unfortunately right now there are few alternatives.

You can choose to use the latest technology that uses some of your personal data or miss an important part of “what is to come” in this world to protect your data. Both options are valid and very respectable, but unfortunately it is the first option of choice, of little interest, not having a clue you do with your data.

This increasingly looks more to the world of David .

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