This is a joke, right? Or is Google being pushed to do its part in the fascistization of America? The tech as described is interesting, but the potential other uses for it…

Google developing eavesdropping software

The first thing that came out of our mouths when we heard that Google is working on a system that listens to what’s on your TV playing in the background, and then serves you relevant adverts, was “that’s cool, but dangerous”.

The idea appeared in Technology Review citing Peter Norvig, director of research at Google, who says these ideas will show up eventually in real Google products – sooner rather than later.

The idea is to use the existing PC microphone to listen to whatever is heard in the background, be it music, your phone going off or the TV turned down. The PC then identifies it, using fingerprinting, and then shows you relevant content, whether that’s adverts or search results, or a chat room on the subject.

Pretty soon the security industry is going to find a way to hijack the Google feed and use it for full on espionage.



  1. John S says:

    Uncle Dave I know that if you have read my previous post you will see that I partially responded to your post. Your question was reasonable to me and I did not make that known. If what Google is attempting to do does not lean towards an acceptance of fascist ways than what word would better describe it. If Malren or anyone has a better word they should feel free to post it.

    “For the record, while I don’t necessarily approve of everything Israel does, I have nothing but respect for Jews.”. I believe I know what you mean and I share the same opinion. I, however, commented on the fact that you had not said that. I believe that some things should be said. When it comes to generalizations about communities I just feel better knowing where people stand. I cannot read minds. Thank you for responding to my comment.

    “However, if you reread what malren wrote, he was saying (I think) that astro (#8) was making a stupid, anti-Jewish comment. Rather than him attacking Jews, he was defending them, sort of.”. I do see your point on Malren’s comment, however, Astro did not seem to be defending Jews. I have been both attacked and defended in my life. If Astro truly was defending Jews than his comment falls squarely in the “with friends like you who needs enemies” realm.

    I am not attacking either Uncle Dave or Mr. Fusion, or anyone else here, nor do I intend to. I hope to contribute more to this forum so that that statement will become become perfectly clear. I believe that if you only listen to those like yourself and ignore those different that you, you may miss opportunities to grow and learn.

    Finding anything of value in Malren’s comment was a lot like finding a mushroom in manure. Still the “mushroom” was there and deserved to be noticed. Malren is like a child and responding to his comments only brings those who do down to his level. That is not fair, but it is true.

    I wish that someone had intelligently asked Astro to clarify his comment. I also wish that Malren and his ilk would play somewhere else and leave places like this to adults. Until that happens the best thing is to act in a manner befitting adults and hope the children leave when they fail to get the response they desire.

    John

  2. Mr. H. Fusion says:

    however, I read the post and took what I wanted and ignored what I did not. As may I point out did you.

    Sorry John. I commented upon what I felt like commenting on.

    You made no mention of his comment on Astro.

    Nor did I feel any urge to comment on any of the other posts on this topic or several other topics currently on DU. And I notice you haven’t either. Nor will I comment on everything you have said.

    “I don’t agree with astro, but that is something entirely different.”. Different due to the fact it did not involve attacking you.

    Different because it is off topic and I did not care to get into that discussion at that, or even this, point.

    I believe that Astro’s comment needed to be challenged.

    Then challenge astro’s comments. I encourage you. I might even very well agree with your points. But I don’t agree with being taken to task because I didn’t challenge a point someone made. Many times I see the point as being just too ridiculous to even consider. Other times, someone else has already made an extremely well written opposing view that I can’t add to. Or, my mind is in a different direction.

    I also encourage you to return to DU. You have a good writing style and I’m sure you could contribute to some lively discussions. Forgive my crankiness. I just had a 6th operation on my foot last week and I am uncomfortable and cranky. And remember, it isn’t the venom in what I write, it is how much spittle I leave on my keyboard.

  3. John S says:

    Mr. Fusion:

    Your point is well made. I guess I should take my own advice. I agree I was put off track from the main topic, just that comment about Israel really burned my briches. ;-). I apologize for the way I expressed that irritation. Thank you for complementing my writing stile also. I decided to make posts in part to work on my writing skills as well as my debate skills. I hope to improve both with time. I hope you feel better soon. In regards to spittle, I tend to deposit mine on the monitor rather than my keyboard. Perhaps I am sitting to close. Time to see the Optometrist. ;-)

    John

  4. atari911 says:

    This is so typical of liberals. Look how off topic you all have gotten. You better watch what you say, and how you say it or they will sure as hell make you know that you are wrong. Talk about big brother!