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The Tech “Creep”

Smart or Spooky?

The future of technology is on display this week in Las Vegas at the annual mega Consumer Electronic Show. Data already shows for better or worse, Americans choose to be more connected than ever.

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“Smart Home”

Devices that connect other personal devices are on the rise. Such as:

  • A washing machine that connects to your phone or TV to alert you when your laundry is done.
  • An oven that gives you suggestions on what to cook based on your calendar & what time your schedule allows.
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The Talking Trend

Tech is betting on a hands-free future, with your voice to operate:

  • Fridge (with an app that checks inventory while you grocery shop)
  • Even your toilet (commanding to raise or lower lid and flush)

Beyond your home, devices in cars allow control of music, navigation, & troubleshooting a warning light.

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Who’s Tops in Voice Tech?

At least 1 in 4 of Americans already own a smart speaker.

Amazon’s Alexa is #1 with nearly half (41%) of the global smart speaker market & Google is #2 at 28%.

One-third of smart speaker owners use them less after first month.

 

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“It’s decentralized surveillance. We’re living in a world where we’re tethered to some online service stealthily gathering our information.”

Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy executive director. Companies say they are creating these technologies for your convenience, but the information they can collect helps customize their services and ads.
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California passed a new law last year, which will likely serve as a model for other states, allowing internet users to ask what data companies have collected, why & who else has that info - starting January 2020.

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