Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

The disturbing acceptance of Google’s new ‘smart’ camera

Posted by M. C. on March 1, 2018

But you will think the photos will be so cute. Google will like them too.  Especially the one where you are seen doing…

Will the video sync with the Alexa always open microphone?

Navneet Alang

All the same, there’s also the plainer, more simple truth that the concept underlying the Google Clips camera is itself questionable. Why is capturing more and more candid images good? It all proceeds on the assumption that the more things we record the better. But that is far from an agreed-upon idea. The presence of a camera itself produces an awareness of being watched. It’s a common, and very often harmless fact of the smartphone era. But the idea of adding smart cameras, smart speakers, and more to our homes simply increases the sense that all moments are there for recording, and we’ve yet to grapple with not just what it means, but whether or not it’s desirable at all.

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