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.

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.

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