Thursday, 3 July 2014

When technology turns to help people




For those who follow my twitter feed (@dewsbury) I mentioned how the Xbox’s always aware functionality caused Xboxes to switch on when Aaron Paul says in the advert says ‘Xbox on’ people report their Xboxes switching on (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27827545). This annoying functionality does have its upside as well as the downside.  


With the recent Google IO (https://www.google.com/events/io) it was mentioned that the new Android operating system will have a always aware functionality, so even in the closed state it will still listen for the command ‘OK Google’. This for some might be a little worrying, especially in the light of Facebook’s attempt to be constantly aware and record the sounds in your environment whilst you use its app (http://guardianlv.com/2014/05/facebook-has-new-microphone-application/).