It’s not really a problem. It sounds scary but it’s not the real thing.
If you have an Xbox it’s always listening, even in standby mode. It’s listening for commands such as ‘Xbox, turn on’.
Well of course it is. If you want a machine to turn on by speaking to it, it does rather help if the machine is listening for that command.
Simple commands such as ‘Xbox turn on’ are recorded and processed on the spot, but more complicated instructions are sent to powerful remote servers, often thousands of miles away, for translation.
Even with modern computing power, which is astounding, a little Xbox can only do so much. Turning complex vocalisations into bits and bytes needs more. If the machines are thousands of miles away, so what? I have had real-time conversations with people in America and Australia on the internet. Distance means nothing to the wires.
Microsoft’s Kinect gadgets are so sophisticated and pervasive that Britain’s telecommunications security agency, GCHQ, is even said to have considered using them to monitor families.
Well why not? They already monitor phones and emails, let them waste more of their time watching teenagers play virtual war, car races, football, space alien fantasy and chess. The ultimate result on Xbox will be the same as the result of the smoking ban on pubs. Destruction of business. Oh dear, Useful Idiot Gates, seems they don’t need you any more. If you were as smart as you thought you were. you’d have seen it coming.
I have never had a pure-games machine since the ‘Pong’ machine of the seventies and that’s broken now. I have no webcam and no microphone attached to my computer. TV? Haven’t watched one for years other than at Smoky-Drinky at other peoples’ homes.
It is not the TV or the Xbox that is tracking you. It is your phone. Your contactless payment card. There is no need to track you in your home, your phone already tells them you’re there. The contactless payment card is even better than a credit card or store card to tell the Controllers what you are buying. Soon they will offer implanted chips and the drones will queue all night to be first to get one.
Then you’ll be tracked by RFID everywhere.
Yet you will still rail at the idea that the Them can tell when you are at home…