Johnson Nguyen Analyzes the Risks and Benefits of Always-On Technology

When smart speakers were first released, the world was amazed by their ability to properly hear and react to what was going on around them. For years, technology companies had been trying to reach this milestone with varying degrees of success but had never quite gotten it right. Fast forward to today, and nearly every home has at least one device capable of listening to its surroundings and processing this information.

As with every other product, however, there are some downsides to these revolutionary inventions. The most important one relates to certain privacy concerns. Namely, the fact that smart devices can have a conversation with someone means that they have the ability to comprehend language and process it efficiently. For some buyers, this represents an open-door policy to their individual privacy. For instance, having a device that can understand what is going on could eventually translate into a spy that is gathering information about someone‚Äôs life. Of course, all of the producers of this technology firmly deny all claims of privacy invasion. So, is there any truth to the matter? In other words, are smart devices actually listening to what is going on around them?

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