I’m very well aware that I’m getting old.
I listen to myself on the “Smashing Security” podcast railing against the latest security screw-up in the Internet of Things, or read articles I’ve written expressing bafflement as to why people would share so freely on social media, and ask myself… is it me? Am I the problem?
Am I just of a generation that’s living in the past and doesn’t recognise the benefits of having a virtual digital assistant that’s listening to all the conversations in my house is a good thing, rather than a spooky echo of Orwell’s 1984?
My reaction when I heard that Amazon had added a camera to the next generation of its Alexa-powered Echo device was a mixture of revulsion and head-shaking inevitability. After all, I had half-joked with Paul Ducklin on a “Smashing Security” podcast just the week before that devices like Google Home would soon have a built-in camera.
So, you can probably guess what I think of the new Echo Look from Amazon, the self-described “Hands-Free Camera and Style Assistant”.
But what’s more important is what you think. Do you like the idea of in-home digital assistants having a built-in camera or is it the end of civilisation as we know it? Take the poll below, and share your thoughts in the comments below.
What’s your reaction to the Amazon Echo Look?