Virtual assistants can make your life easier
Once the data we transfer is accepted, it makes no sense to fear technology and believe that the world is conspiring against us. True revolutions such as virtual assistants can help us make our lives better.
In a few years it will be normal to live in a smart home. The speaker or smartphone will not be the only thing connected to the internet; all home appliances will be too. The virtual assistant will be the supreme intelligence that governs them all.
With the operating data that intelligent light bulbs, the heating system or a television set can offer us, we can generate usage and consumption patterns which are very valuable for your quality of life. Imagine that you simply have to open your mouth and say:
"Alexa, open Endesa and tell me the amount of my last electricity bill".
This is not the future, it is the present. At your fingertips, or your voice, thanks to the fact that Endesa is already compatible with Amazon's Alexa speaker and you can also ask Google your questions.
Do smart speakers listen to us all the time?
It's no secret. The way in which service providers collect information is through our devices (smartphone, computer, smart speaker etc.) and they do so with our authorisation.
For this reason, only when we activate them expressly through a voice command do they begin to listen and record what we say. It is one thing for your microphone to always be on alert in case you say the activation command. And a very different thing altogether for it to be dedicated to recording 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This is the official version and there is nothing to indicate otherwise. What has occurred is that there have been occasional failures (such as the user who requested the data on his activity from Amazon and, by mistake, received 1,700 audio recordings of a stranger) and controversy about the use that service providers will make of these data (specifically: they do not only use them to make the assistant work better but also to try to sell us other products).
In any case, and as always when we are willing to grant personal data in exchange for a better service, it is useful to know how to control privacy in virtual assistants.