Techlash Continues To Create Concerns About Smart Home Privacy And Security
Amazon is developing model smart homes with Lennar, a leading homebuilder. This initiative is named Amazon Experience Centers.
The immersive homes will be powered by its Amazon’s artificial-intelligence, voice-activated Alexa assistant, which can be paired with smart lightbulbs, smart plugs, and all the other accouterments of Black Mirror-inspired living.
Unfortunately, the timing is not great thanks to the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal recently. The question about our personal safety has arisen more than once. A group of researchers found out recently that they could embed commands in music recordings or in audios which will allow them to control these voice-activated devices. These are, however, undetectable to the human ear. Sometime back, the same group successfully sneaked in commands in the white noise in the YouTube videos which tells a smart device to perform an action. The most shocking news is that hacking an Amazon Echo apparently does not violate any law!
Amazon and other tech companies manufacturing smart devices continued to claim that these devices do not activate until they hear the “trigger word” which wakes them up. Contradictorily, Amazon Echo devices were reportedly turning on by themselves a few months back.
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