Ubiquitous surveillance to â€œdetect your moods,â€ â€œpinpoint the sources of your stress,â€ and â€œpresent relevant informationâ€
The development of new smartphone technology that constantly records your private conversations in addition to all ambient background noise in order to â€œdetect your moodsâ€ could mean the NSA might not have to bother with tapping actual phone calls at all in future.
AÂ report by the Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyÂ hails the era of â€œtechnologies that emphasize listening to everything, all the time,â€ ubiquitous surveillance aided by microphones installed on new smartphones, such as Googleâ€™s Moto X, that do not run off the main battery and can, â€œcontinually monitor their auditory environment to detect the phone ownerâ€™s voice, discern what room or other setting the phone is in, or pick up other clues from background noise.â€
While the article fails to mention the nightmare privacy implications that this technology would engender, it focuses on the innumerable apparent benefits. The technology could, â€œmake it possible for software to detect your moods, know when you are talking and not to disturb you, and perhaps someday keep a running record of everything you hear.â€
Not only would such technology prevent accidental pocket calls by recognizing muffled sounds, or put unnecessary calls on hold by recognizing the voice of its owner, It could also be used to â€œpinpoint the sources of your stressâ€ if you are talking too quickly, or â€œpresent relevant informationâ€ in relation to your audio environment (in other words bombard you with commercials).
It sounds like BIg Brother and invasive Minority Report-style advertising rolled into one.
Chris Schmandt, director of the speech and mobility group at MITâ€™s Media Lab, relates how â€œone of his grad students once recorded two yearsâ€™ worth of all the sounds he was exposed toâ€”capturing every conversation. While the speech-to-text conversions were rough, they were good enough that he could perform a keyword search and recover the actual recording of a months-old conversation.â€
Isnâ€™t it enough that the NSA can already read every email we send, snoop on every private Facebook message and eavesdrop on every Skype call? Now weâ€™re opening the door to government to have a transcript of our every private auditory interaction? None of this is even addressed in the MIT piece.
Only in the final paragraph of the article does it admit that â€œpeople skittish about surveillanceâ€ might have a problem with any of this.
A respondent to the article summed up such concerns, commenting, â€œI am not my phone. I do not want a phone that thinks it is me, nor even that thinks it understands me. My phone is a tool. It is not my friend. It is not my assistant. It is a tool. It is MY tool. It is not the tool of advertisers nor data collectors nor the government.â€
Itâ€™s little wonder that formerÂ CIA Director David Petraeus last year hailed the arrival of â€œthe Internet of things,â€Â a new era of â€œclandestine tradecraftâ€ that will grease the skids for ubiquitous eavesdropping.
With virtually every consumer product now being connected to the Internet and with smartphones set to become a permanent Big Brother in our pocket, thereâ€™ll be little need to plant a bug on anyone in future since weâ€™re voluntarily doing it to ourselves.
Republished from: Infowars