Ninth Circuit Sends Alexa Surreptitious Recording Case to Arbitration-Tice v. Amazon - Technology & Marketing Law Blog. Lawsuits over voice-activated assistants (and other smart home devices) are interesting.
Plaintiffs have been creative about who asserts the claims to navigate around the issue that often sinks class actions: arbitration. This has resulted in claims brought by neighbors, spouses, and minors. July 2019: Smart Speakers and Virtual Assistants. Smart Speakers and Virtual Assistants Issue #1 - July 2019 Ever since Alan Turing published his paper Computing Machinery and Intelligence in 1950, computer scientists have tried to get machines to mimic human behaviour and make them as intelligent or as smart as human beings, by having them play imitation games.
Turing raised the question: Can machines think? He suggested that something “resembling thinking” could be achieved if we provide the machine with the best sense organs that money can buy, and then teach it to understand and speak English. This is the main reason why we call modern machines with some imitation capacity smart devices. Today, a new generation of speaking devices interact with us in human-like ways to execute simple tasks and answer questions, and not only in English. - Are you a robot? Amazon Alexa partnership puts patient data 'at risk' A new partnership between the NHS and Amazon Alexa lacks a “concerning” amount of information around data protection, patient confidentiality and safety, it has been said.
The partnership, announced today, allows users to ask for health advice from verified NHS sources using their Alexa device with NHSX confirming in a tweet that the health service is not “paying Amazon a penny”. While some within the NHS welcomed the news, others have raised concerns around patient safety and data protection. Google Admits Your Nest Camera Has a Secret Microphone. Apple Warns Customers to be Cautious of SMS After 'Flaw' Cited. Apple has a message for texters: Don't trust SMS.
The consumer electronics heavyweight has advised iPhone users concerned about secure messaging to use the company's iMessage service instead of their carrier's SMS network. While SMS is a relatively mature technology, in recent years it has attracted the interest of security researchers as an attack vector for smartphones. Apple made its recommendation in a statement Saturday after a well-known iPhone jailbreaking artist explained in a posting on the Internet how a "flaw" in Apple's implementation of SMS in its mobile operating system, iOS, could be used to spoof SMS messages.
The flaw is in all versions of iOS, including the latest beta of the next release of the operating system, version 6.0, beta 4, according to the security researcher known as pod2g. "Apple takes security very seriously," the company says in its statement. "The United States is probably the most difficult to spoof text messages to from our tests," it says. Real Simple. Time. Amazon Admits Listening To Alexa Conversations: Why It Matters. Amazon-wants-to-record-doctorpatient-conversations-with-new-online-service-38746406.
Compare the Privacy Practices of the Most Popular Smart Speakers with Virtual Assistants. Virtual assistants are everywhere -- embedded in our phones, mobile applications, cars, smart speakers, consumer devices, and "smart tech" toys for kids.
This article describes our findings from completing full privacy evaluations of the privacy policies of the most popular virtual assistants included in smart speakers -- Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon's Alexa, Facebook Portal, Microsoft's Cortana, and Samsung's Bixby -- and identifying the potential privacy risks and harms that may affect children and families who use these devices. Understanding user privacy in the age of smart speakers. Voice is becoming a primary interface.
It’s in many of the technologies we use on a daily basis, like our home appliances, cars, and mobile apps. We can turn off the lights, order takeout, buy our weekly groceries, or listen to our favorite albums, all by using one of the most natural interfaces of all — voice. How a hacked Amazon Echo could secretly capture your most intimate moments. Alexa is listening to what you say – and might share that with developers – Naked Security. Amazon is considering handing transcripts of everything Alexa hears over to third-party developers, according to sources close to the matter cited in a report from The Information.
One developer who used to be a product head on Amazon’s Alexa team, Ahmed Bouzid, says that current access only gives developers “70% of what they need to know” to get better at doing customers’ bidding. The Information reports that some teams already have access to full recording data, though it’s not clear which developers get added to that list and why. This would be the first time that full transcripts from Amazon’s voice assistant were shared with third-party developers.
Amazon may give developers your private Alexa transcripts. X.ai - AI Assistant. Alexa won’t tell you whether she’s connected to the CIA. Techcrunch. On a November, 2015 morning in Bentonville, Arkansas, first responders discovered a corpse floating in a hot tub.
The home’s resident, James Andrew Bates, told authorities he’d found the body of Victor Collins dead that morning. Google's AI Learns Betrayal and "Aggressive" Actions Pay Off. As the development of artificial intelligence continues at breakneck speed, questions about whether we understand what we are getting ourselves into persist.
One fear is that increasingly intelligent robots will take all our jobs. Another fear is that we will create a world where a superintelligence will one day decide that it has no need for humans. This fear is well-explored in popular culture, through books and films like the Terminator series. Another possibility is maybe the one that makes the most sense - since humans are the ones creating them, the machines and machine intelligences are likely to behave just like humans. Microsoft chatbot Zo is a censored version of Tay. Microsoft Having (hopefully) learnt from its previous foray into chatbots, Microsoft is ready to introduce the follow-up to its controversial AI Tay.
Tay's successor is called Zo and is only available by invitation on messaging app Kik. When you request access, the software asks for your Kik username and Twitter handle. Twitter taught Microsoft’s AI chatbot to be a racist asshole in less than a day - The Verge. Google Home now lets you shop for everyday items with your voice - CNET. Conversational agents.