Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why are people afraid of the new Samsung Smart TVs?” you ask? Good question. (Besides, it beats answering the question: “Why is some @sswipe quilted?” Actually, that is a good question. It just seems odd to read a sentence with both the words “@sswipe” and “quilted” in it. We’ll get back to you on that one, Cornholio.)
The question this edition comes from Ken Heffner of Souderton, Pennsylvania. Heffner had clued yours truly in on the story behind the question a couple days ago. Unfortunately, there were other editions already firmly slotted into place and –to be honest– your poor penman had other assignments . . . like dinner, drinks and in-depth interviews with sexy blonde performers, for example.
If you missed the background behind the question, check out ALW’s own jazzy journalist Jordanna’s article on the story. The gist is though that –as WND confirms– the convenience of some of our high tech toys today might “come at the expense of privacy and security in the expanding world of interconnected devices and voice control recognition.”
Why are folks frightened of the new Samsung Smart TVs? Because they have read the warning that the company issues with all its voice-recognition-equipped Smart TVs. To wit:
“Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.”
How many folks buy a new Samsung Smart TV and are smart enough to read the fine print though is another question. Some of them are like those promiscuous gals on Craig’s List. All they care about is size. How many inches is it? (Umm, not that your rather reclusive writer would know anything about shady ladies though . . .)
The word is out and people are afraid that the new Samsung Smart TVs might be too smart for their own good, gathering personal information about their deepest and darkest secrets discussed in detail while watching American Idol, Duck Dynasty or Real Housewives Of New Jersey. Online poster ThoLawn says he is not at all “surprised . . . (since) during the last several years some of (his) friends have closed down front cameras on laptops” and he wonders if “we’re all participants of (a) reality-show . . .”
TechCrunch notes: “The potential privacy intrusion of voice-activated services is massive.” Some are comparing these products to George Orwell’s Big Brother world of 1984. Someday all too soon every electronic appliance in your house might feature “networked ears that are fine-tuned for commercial intelligence gathering.”
People fear Smart TVs because it never occurred to them to shop wisely. Maybe they need a sense of humor like Heffner himself who laughed: “The next thing you know, I’ll be afraid to go to my refrigerator.”
Why are people afraid of the new Samsung Smart TVs? Now you know.
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