Voice assistants are the modern day groom of the stool
Image of: The 1st Earl of Holland, married to Charles I's stool, up to 'in 1643,
All the rage in the news lately has been the revelation that voice assistants are listening and recording a lot of our conversations and employees and contractors of these companies can access these recordings, and while access to these recordings can be anonymous, legitimately improves the service, and arrives at a very low percentage of records, it still makes the most logical of us jump. Why?
Here is a sample of some-some of the latest stories:
What I realized was that Voice assistants are like butlers or, more interesting still, like the grooms of the stool. What are the stool grooms? See Wikipedia for more information. In a nutshell, they helped the king with his sanitary needs. This could include d Bring water or towels to the king, maybe even help him wash his buttocks. The groom would even interact with the royal doctor to provide the doctor with information about the king's stool and diet. king.
The point is that this position was so intimate that it became one of high trust, confidence and power. The stool groom often knew secrets of the king. State and personal. Eventually the post evolved into a royal finance administration and under Henry VII was tasked with setting national fiscal policy.
Google, Alexa and Siri are currently fairly straightforward in terms of what they can do. They provide practical services but this comes at the cost of being very intimate withc us. They can certainly eliminate some chores from the day to day. With this, they not only listen, but also collect a lot of data points about us.
My goal in all of this is not to scare you. After all, I'm sure many of the Stool's bride and groom were very much appreciated and appreciated. But if you want tech companies to take care of your private spaces, you better trust them. And for tech companies, you better not lose our trust or else you could be beheaded pretty quickly. I think we're already seeing this for calls to take down tech companies like Facebook and Amazon.
Finally, to maintain some separation of powers, maybe don't let the groom from the stool also control your finances. I think it could be Apple and their new Apple credit card and Facebook and their Libra coin . However, Amazon is probably already close enough to that power if you buy from Amazon and use Alexa.
In conclusion, keep your friends close and your enemies closer, and don't let tech companies wipe your ass. unless they are highly reliable.
Reference: Groom of the Stool, Wikipedia