Originally Posted by Kimeran
Once again, I understand why everyone is worried about the Kinect documenting what you say in "private" but think about this
Many of us belong to some form of social network such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, etc.
Most of us have cell phones and I would be a large majority have a smartphone
Many work from a computer
Some have home security systems that are connected to the internet with cameras that watch the front doors and locks that can be unlocked from your iphone....
Now, your personal profiles that contain information about where you work, where you have been, and what you are doing is available for free on the social networking sites(or atleast easily accesible)
Cell phones put a microphone in your pocket or in the same room that you are usually in that can be turned on in secret to listen to what you are saying and track your location when you are not home.
Many employers are tracking what you are doing at work, I am at work right now but have nothing to do, but the company gets to look into what I am doing because I am using their resources....
The networked "smart home" can be hacked so people can get into your house without a single sign of breaking an entry to place additional bugs into your home or to gather evidence...remember they know you arent home because you most likely have your cell phone on you telling them your current location...They can watch you at any time with these networked security cameras...
And everyone is throwing a fit over one camera in the living room?
Dont get me wrong, there are things that me and my wife do in the living room and talk about in the living room that I dont want anyone to know about...
Like everyone on here I have my opinions and I would hate to be looked at as a terrorist because I dont approve of what is going on in this country or state....
That is one reason why the only way my home will ever get "smart" is through my consumption of media.
My house was broken into when I was home earlier this week at 4am and have no form of protection in my house....the alarm went off but the cops took 15 minutes to get there and the only thing I could do is take the back door out of my bedroom with my dogs and cresent wrench(my wife grabbed a vase) as we made our way to the front of the house....I would have felt much safer if I had a bat, golf club, or even a gun but I was relying on modern technology to protect me. However, this reliance made me realize that in that moment of need the alarm wasnt going to save my wifes or my own life....so why should I rely on it?
I will continue to use my alarm system but I will not give them an easier way into my house with the internet and living in a "smart" environment.
But ask yourself how safe you really are with all this technology that people are embracing. I got a bit of a wake up call this week.