@Krimkerre, @tlmiller76 he’s gone. The username is already anonymized, so are his posts. Sorry to see one go, but maybe he will find some more like-minded community wherever he’s gone.
I can now speak freely, without offending the ex-user. I immediately googled smart speakers market share after his message, as I was curious if there’s many people buying these things.
These are projected estimates from 2019 I found here:
It is estimated that in 2019, over 98 million units of smart speakers will be shipped worldwide. Smart speaker unit shipments are increasing and are predicted to reach up to 409.4 million units in 2025. A smart speaker is a voice command device with an embedded virtual assistant and can provide control over home automation devices.
Some other figures found here:
And a comment from the article above:
I’m really scared. People are buying (or getting for free) these things en masse. 1984 is coming but without being enforced. People are just putting the chains on themselves.
“I have nothing to hide” is something I hear too often. People don’t realize they’re a dot in a collection of trillion of dots, and AIs get more and more power the more dots there are to analyze.
An AI will get to know what you will do next with stunning accuracy, not only based on your behavior, but also based on those other trillion dots it has analyzed (I say trillions, even if there are only people in the billions, because each user has multiple contexts, accounts, and many data-points are anonymous, but still relevant). The next step is that based on that data messages can be created that will be able to directly manipulate ones behaviour. Imagine ads so persuasive you have barely a chance of not buying whatever the ad is for. Imagine electoral campaigns with manipulative ads crafted by AIs for the highest bidder.
The single individual is right in that his own data is barely significant. But as with the power of voting, drop by drop it becomes an ocean.