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Google Clips invades privacy: Elon Musk’s warning about the new mini-camera

Google Clips invades privacy: Elon Musk’s warning about the new mini-camera

On 4 October 2017 the manufacturer and software developer of Mountain View, Google Corporation was placed at the center of the exhibition event that inaugurated the much coveted Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL which this year will also come to the attention of impatient consumers of the Bel Paese, who will finally be able to count on a level of interactivity and on unprecedented potential.

In any case, although the central focus has undoubtedly been occupied by the latest smartphone proposals on the market top of the Google rangethe event also gave an act of innovation towards what were some new Hi-Tech proposals reserved for the automation segment and for domestic and mobile multimedia, such as the new Google Pixel Buds, to be matched to sophisticated wireless earphones with instant multi-language automatic translation capabilities, and the much discussed proposals Google Clipswhich according to the latest estimates did not have the much desired success.

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Elon Musk, well-known CEO of Tesla and leading personality in the fight against the indiscriminate use of artificial intelligence technologies which, in his personal opinion, risk literally taking over humans by proposing a situation that a lot has to share with a potential Terminator 2 remake.

From here to the extinction of the human race by humanoids and robots, however, there is still a considerable distance, but it is still a fact that the new Google camera could potentially be too invasive for the privacy of users.

In the midst of philosophy Google In fact, the use of the component corresponds to a basis managed by a very complex intelligent digital algorithm, capable not only of interacting but also of learning in a completely autonomous way in order to improve and improve the interactivity and reactivity when certain conditions occur.

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Based on this premise, Musk intervened, who in a tweet in response to a video posted by his colleagues at The Verge replies saying that: “This doesn’t even * seem * innocent” which literally translated means “This doesn’t even try to seem innocent”. We all agree that such a statement is decidedly provocative and willfully accusatory.

Google’s new camera uses AI to automatically take photos of your life pic.twitter.com/ihkRZz16sL

– The Verge (@verge) October 7, 2017

According to what emerged, a similar interpretation of the situation is due to the indiscriminate use of ad technologies Google artificial intelligence who, in this case, intervene in a completely autonomous way in the recording of the videos and in the photo shooting even without the need for connection to the network.

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Indeed, such an approach in the use of a technology allows too much freedom to an AI algorithm that at least appears invasive for privacy. Simply recognizing a subject’s face is enough to take a snapshot, even if it is not present in the AI ​​system tag database. In fact, based on this method of initialization of the functions, everyone can be resumed without their knowledge and the only indication of the active state of the component is provided by a standard LED.

Googlefor the moment and despite the heavy accusation, he did not want to pronounce himself, although a spokesperson who intervened indirectly during an interview reported that it is not an invasive system but rather a versatile component whose usefulness and its functioning are leads to the possibility of recording short clips of just 7 seconds and that, among other things, since an active connection to the network is not necessary, there is no way to remotely access the data contained in the memory, which are saved and possibly shared on free choice of the user himself.

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Elon Musk, however, always swims against the current and continues to oppose the use of these innovative technologies despite his Tesla cars, such as the Model S and Model X, can be fully updated remotely, as happened at the hurricane Irma which led to an upgrade of the energy range for the users of the cars in the areas affected by the hurricane.

At this point the situation is controversial, but centered on a single essential point: “Can we trust the major companies that hold our data?” Posterity will judge.