Beyond Homo Sapien
Episode 102

Interrogating Alexa To Find Out if She Works For The CIA

Paul Tokgozoglu published on

Voice Control

Voice recognition technology is on the rise. Whether it’s Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Siri, or ol Bigsby every tech giant seems intent on getting in on the new wave of voice control technology. What is voice recognition technology all about? If you have been living under a rock these last few years, you may have missed the introduction of Alexa and similar products to the marketplace. If you think voice recognition technology is a trend, watch this keynote speech from Gary V from a few months ago… You might reconsider your view.

Voice control isn’t going anywhere. In fact, the technology is only improving and set to takeover all other forms of search. Already, folks are more likely to post to Facebook or Twitter when looking for the answer to a question instead of actually searching Google. With the introduction of voice control, searching for information becomes even easier. Have you ever been frustrated when Siri or Alexa gives you a shitty response to your question? These machines are growing and improving constantly. Give voice recognition technology a few more years and I think you will be surprised with the level of accuracy that is developed.

Voice control when combined with other new technology can give us some heavy thought experiments. For example, consider the integration of voice recognition technology with VR technology. In just a handful of years, it will be possible to summon your virtual reality experience by simply saying “Alexa, launch Oculus”… Or something… Suddenly, your room transforms itself into a virtual world thanks to the VR technology optimized contact lenses you are wearing.

Voice control comes with a great deal of suspicion. Is Alexa a spy working for the CIA? Jeff Bezos’ deal with the CIA sure raises some eyebrows.

I wanted to get to the bottom of all this… On this episode of Beyond Homo Sapien, I interrogate my Alexa device to get some fuckin’ answers.

All joking aside, data security and privacy are serious issues. In order to understand the ramifications of new technology, it is essential to discuss the issue of data security and privacy. The human species is evolving and we are going to experience a world where it is difficult to hide anything from anyone. Why? Because we are realizing that we are all one. We are all the same.

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