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You Aren't Paranoid! You ARE Being Watched!

Posted August 05, 2017 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
Pathfinder Tags: consumer data aquisition roomba

Ever get the sensation that someone is staring at you as you mindlessly watch television or cook dinner? Is the feeling sometimes so intense that you immediately stop what you are doing and quickly scan the room for possible intruders? If you own a Roomba, chances are good that that feeling of being watched may not be imagined after all….

In fact, that Roomba may be doing some heavy recon while roaming around your house—all under the guise of cleaning it.

According to recent reports, iRobot, the maker of Roomba, wants to quite literally sell the "dirt" it gathers about your home to the highest bidder.

Equipped with sensors, cameras and software, iRobot believes that the spatial mapping information Roomba collects while navigating your home will be linked in the future to information collected from other home devices such as the Amazon Echo and smart thermostats. Linking these devices could enable companies like Amazon or Apple to sell products to a customer based on the layout of that customer’s home.

"There’s an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can deliver once you have a rich map of the home that the user has allowed to be shared," Colin Angle, CEO of iRobot Corp., told Reuters.

However, with concerns for consumer privacy making headlines, iRobot assures that the decision will be up to the consumer and they can opt out of having their information sold.

Would you opt out of having your floor plans available to companies like Apple or Amazon or would you welcome a customized consumer experience?

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08/05/2017 5:45 AM

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08/05/2017 12:15 PM

"Ever get the sensation that someone is staring at you as you mindlessly watch television or cook dinner? Is the feeling sometimes so intense that you immediately stop what you are doing and quickly scan the room for possible intruders?"

No, I don't. I don't live a lifestyle that requires any degree of need to worry aobut such things. Watch me all you want. You'll die of uninterest and boredom in a hurry!

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08/05/2017 3:48 PM

I have to agree with this guy.... he lost me at 'No'...

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08/05/2017 12:47 PM

ROBOT: "...I can not tell a LIE, I can not tell a LIE, I can not TELL you..."

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08/05/2017 4:07 PM

And your smart refrigerator is going to turn you in for not eating healthy...

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08/06/2017 12:52 AM

The mere fact that the appliance is collecting the information is enough to ensure that I won't buy one. I can only take the manufacturer's word that the information will only be used "locally" and will not be transmitted to him or sold off.

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08/06/2017 11:21 AM

Even if you "opt-out", your data just goes into the "opted-out" bin!

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08/07/2017 9:47 AM

If that "opted-out" bin is handled by the Signetics 25120 WOM chip then I'm cool with that.

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08/06/2017 11:41 AM

Actually everything I do is done " mindlessly" , so if anyone wants to watch me they can. Just remember to bring over the chips and salsa so we can watch me doing all sorts of mindless activities.

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08/06/2017 10:21 PM

My cat would have a ball with a Roomba.

He doesn't have any mice or other critters to chase, so for him it would be a toy.

Might get a lot of ads for cat food and treats, though.

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08/07/2017 10:30 AM

You're mostly being watched by what you search for online, and the biggest spies are the targeted advertisers. I'm not sure how useful your floor plan would be. Maybe Roomba will tell them you need a new rug.

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08/07/2017 3:58 PM

Floorplans are not secret, they are on file with the local government that ok'd the plans and inspected the building...now when it starts following me around the house and filming my activities, that's when it hits the garbage pile, after it gets acquainted with my 4lb sledge hammer....haha,,,,or I guess I could just put a piece of tape over it's lens...Somebody could get a lot more information by hiring a PI for a day....It would be a short story....yadda yadda yadda...

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08/14/2017 5:42 AM

Big Brother IS watching

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08/15/2017 2:31 PM

...and, listening.

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