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  • Another step closer to a Brave New World in 1984

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/...ey/2910013002/

    Your 'smart TV' is indulging in "post-purchase monetization", selling data of your viewing histories to programmers and marketers.

    oh yeah, remember those smart TVs also have microphones... (ever ask Alexa if she records all and reports it to someone?)

    Aldous and George may have missed it by a bit..Big Brother may be the capitalists instead of the government...
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    Originally posted by Jakester View Post
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/...ey/2910013002/

    Your 'smart TV' is indulging in "post-purchase monetization", selling data of your viewing histories to programmers and marketers.

    oh yeah, remember those smart TVs also have microphones... (ever ask Alexa if she records all and reports it to someone?)

    Aldous and George may have missed it by a bit..Big Brother may be the capitalists instead of the government...
    And it's only going to get worse. The latest gadget is the smart toilet, how long before that starts sending info to your health insurance provider, wouldn't insurance companies just love to be able to deny coverage based on information acquired about your bathroom usage?

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    • #3
      Oh we're already there on 'health info'. Companies are 'providing free of charge' Fitbits and similar. What they don't say is those little devices are beaming info back to the company and to the health insurers as well.

      But it's all only for your good....until the day your insurance costs go up or coverage denied because "Fred, you've not been getting in enough steps" or a company includes your health profile when deciding who to lay off.

      https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-...a-new-frontier
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      • #4
        Originally posted by senorsoupe View Post
        And it's only going to get worse. The latest gadget is the smart toilet, how long before that starts sending info to your health insurance provider, wouldn't insurance companies just love to be able to deny coverage based on information acquired about your bathroom usage?
        I understand why there is a market for a smart TV (although I personally don't see a huge benefit), but why would someone want a "smart toilet?" I am also somewhat mystified by internet-connected washing and drying machines--unless they load and unload themselves, you still have to walk over to it to use it.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by senorsoupe View Post
          And it's only going to get worse. The latest gadget is the smart toilet, how long before that starts sending info to your health insurance provider, wouldn't insurance companies just love to be able to deny coverage based on information acquired about your bathroom usage?
          "Imagine: ​no more colonoscopies!!"
          "I didn't hear a single comment about airboxes, "carbashians", or how terrible the car looked. I did see dozens and dozens of little kids in awe of the speed and how cool the cars looked. We should learn from our children."
          --Danny Noonan

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jakester View Post
            Oh we're already there on 'health info'. Companies are 'providing free of charge' Fitbits and similar. What they don't say is those little devices are beaming info back to the company and to the health insurers as well.

            But it's all only for your good....until the day your insurance costs go up or coverage denied because "Fred, you've not been getting in enough steps" or a company includes your health profile when deciding who to lay off.

            https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-...a-new-frontier
            This is where it's headed, for sure.
            I ride tandem/with the random/Things don't run the way I planned them.
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            • #7
              Already there. :cry-2:
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              • #8
                IMHO, these geniuses have been educated beyond their intelligence. It is paralysis by analysis. For example Amazon has access to all my stuff. Alexa, what I order, what I read, all that. And 99% of the suggestions I get from them are things I would never consider buying. Their algorythms are just a bunch of false correlations between unrelated facts.

                Or, on a much more serious note, the Socialist Unity party in East Germany had a file on EVERYBODY in the country. One-third of the population was spying on the other two-thirds and each other. And still the slaves revolted and the country's evil system was destroyed.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by skypigeon View Post
                  "Imagine: ​no more colonoscopies!!"
                  Oh, I don't know. That biannual exam (I am susceptible) does include a dose of propofol, and that is pretty awesome. Almost worth the awful prep time.

                  Almost.
                  You've worked so hard on the kidney. Very special -- the kidney has a very special place in the heart. It's an incredible thing. Donald John Trump

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                  • #10
                    It is ​good schtuff, isn't it?
                    "I didn't hear a single comment about airboxes, "carbashians", or how terrible the car looked. I did see dozens and dozens of little kids in awe of the speed and how cool the cars looked. We should learn from our children."
                    --Danny Noonan

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SamC View Post
                      Or, on a much more serious note, the Socialist Unity party in East Germany had a file on EVERYBODY in the country. One-third of the population was spying on the other two-thirds and each other. And still the slaves revolted and the country's evil system was destroyed.
                      28 year old bartender joke goes here.
                      Live like Dave

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                      • #12
                        So they will know, basically, that I watch Rick and Morty, reruns of Star Trek, Twilight Zone, and both versions of Battlestar Galactica, auto racing, and shows about astronomy and quantum physics....and maybe that I listen to Rush.

                        I pity anybody who finds that worth noting.
                        "Only a fool fights in a burning house."-Kang

                        "If you listen to fools....The Maaahhhhb Ruuuules....."-Ronnie James Dio

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SamC View Post
                          IMHO, these geniuses have been educated beyond their intelligence. It is paralysis by analysis. For example Amazon has access to all my stuff. Alexa, what I order, what I read, all that. And 99% of the suggestions I get from them are things I would never consider buying. Their algorythms are just a bunch of false correlations between unrelated facts.

                          Or, on a much more serious note, the Socialist Unity party in East Germany had a file on EVERYBODY in the country. One-third of the population was spying on the other two-thirds and each other. And still the slaves revolted and the country's evil system was destroyed.
                          One significant difference...in East Germany the 'evil system' was the government...today the 'evil system' is 'private' industry.
                          i'm convinced if there's ever a "War Games" or "Skynet" scenario in the US, it won't be a government system gone wrong, it'll be an Amazon/Google drive thru app gone berserk.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Joe in LA View Post
                            I understand why there is a market for a smart TV (although I personally don't see a huge benefit), but why would someone want a "smart toilet?" I am also somewhat mystified by internet-connected washing and drying machines--unless they load and unload themselves, you still have to walk over to it to use it.
                            The features include automatic lifting and closing of the seat so you don't have to touch it, plus a seat warmer that activates when you open the door as well as various other "conveniences" like a built in bidet that can be activated by a remote etc as well as the more creepy analysis of what is deposited to provide you* with a health report

                            The price to pay for this "convenience" may very well be increased insurance premiums or denied insurance (at least down your way).

                            *by "you" they also mean your health insurance company or any other entity willing to buy the data such as advertising firms

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Sea Fury View Post
                              I pity anybody who finds that worth noting.
                              Well, if the Government needs to put together a crack unit to go and take out Russia's defense system on the Siberia side, you might get called up.

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