The Dangers Of Clever Artefacts

Two news stories this week highlight issues associated with the use of increasingly complex technologies.

In one news story Amazon Alexa decided to throw a party in the middle of the night when nobody was home, and the complaints from upset neighbours lead to a police break-in with resulting substantial costs to Alexa’s owner.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/09/german-police-raid-flat-after-alexa-amazon-echo-holds-party-on-its-own-7067256/

In another news story a vibrator sex toy was found to be automatically recording sound during its use without the knowledge or approval of its owner.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/lovense-vibrators-sex-toys-secretly-recorded-intimate-sessions-reddit-a8050066.html

I suspect that the optimistic visions of the future involving our automated assistants and partners had never anticipated these issues…

 

 

 

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