The “voice sniffer algorithm” would take advantage of the microphones already built into Amazon devices. The technology would permit Alexa and other Amazon devices to listen to your conversations in real-time to identify “trigger words” that can give the tech giant insight into your personal life. The AI spy tech will learn about your personality, interests, purchasing habits, or glean any useful detail about your private life.
The “trigger words” from your private conversations could then be sent to third parties so any organization can target market their products to you. The third parties could include political organizations that want to motivate you to action or manipulate you otherwise. The data could even be used by law enforcement agencies to determine who might commit a crime in the future. The “voice sniffer algorithm” will help law enforcement closely watch a perceived threat to society.
Words from your private conversations could be used against you, leading to arrest or imprisonment. Law enforcement could use the data to identify “threats,” while abiding by red flag laws that are used to disarm citizens who are considered “mentally ill” or a threat to family and friends. The technology could lead to the targeting of specific belief systems that are a threat to industries. The widespread analysis of private conversation could be used to suggest mental illness and force psychiatric drugs on people.
The technology, dubbed by Amazon as “Keyword Determinations From Conversational Data” is an expansion of home surveillance, an arrogant and creepy maneuver by Big Tech to know everything about your private life. Tech analyst Daniel Burrus from Burrus Research Associates, Inc. said Amazon is “building a personality profile on the user.”
“The more words they collect, the more the company gets to know you,” he told ABC News. Amazon will be able to use your private conversation for financial gain and “draw disturbing inferences about households.”
Amazon wants to know how many times you flush the toilet, how many times you have sex, what you teach your kids, when you are going on vacation, what your political views are, etc., etc. The more words they collect, the more they can predict your purchasing habits, the places you frequent, your medical concerns, the firearms you possess, your vaccination status, the people you associate with, and the causes you support. The patent reveals that your data could be used to target market to your friends and family, when they are looking to purchase a gift for you.
Tech analyst Daniel Ives, with GBH Insights, told ABC News: “This further builds on Alexa and more data intelligence and analysis through voice that is a major initiative for Amazon. This algorithm would possibly feed from Alexa into the rest of the Amazon consumer flywheel, ultimately helping drive purchasing and buying behavior of Prime members.
The artificial intelligence is designed to analyze keywords that reveal your motivations on the topics you converse about. Keywords such as “prefer” “dislike” “love” and “bought” can give insight into the audio analysis, revealing your true feelings. The patent proudly states that these “identified keywords can be stored and/or transmitted to an appropriate location accessible to entities such as advertisers or content providers who can use the keywords to attempt to select or customize the content that is likely relevant to the user.” Combined with voice recognition, these devices will know exactly who is saying what, while judging your level of passion or disinterest.
According to the patent application, any keywords extracted for the user can be sent to content providers across multiple networks, including the Internet, a local area network (LAN), or a cellular network. The patent boasts that the technology could be used in any conventional cellular phone, tablet computer, desktop computer, personal media player, e-book reader, or video game system. By recognizing “key words” the artificial intelligence will more efficiently record the content of your private conversations to create a personality profile on you and to better use your information against you.
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