iRobot Brings Visual Mapping and Navigation to the Roomba 980
NO – the public don’t care. They actually have no idea it is happening at all – and so Roomba and its ilk will continue down their path and continue to get away with it until they are stopped … I am not holding my breath.
Maybe that doesn’t unnerve you, but it probably should. This is all part of the larger quest for a few major companies to hoover up every bit of data about you that they can. Now, they want to know all about your living space. Going through the iRobot terms of service, you can see just how much data is already being collected on a daily basis just by clicking like on a Facebook page or visiting a corporate website. And that data will likely be just as insecure tomorrow as it is today.
A great, if busy past week that saw me at UC Davis for two days, working with teams of very bright students as part of their <a href="http://gsm.ucdavis.edu/ag-innovation-entrepreneurship-academy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Agricultural Innovation Entrepreneurship Academy</a> [ File that under <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Passion</strong></span> and <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>People</strong></span> ], down at The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, attending VRM Day with <a href="http://twitter.com/dsearls" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Doc Searls</a> and the team that makes up <a href="https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/research/projectvrm" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The VRM Project</a> [ Put this one under <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>People</strong></span> ], engaged with <a href="http://www.mymentor.net">My Mentor</a>, a new start up launching in the UK [ this one goes under <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>People</strong></span> and <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Platforms</strong></span> ] and got invited (and I accepted) to be a <a href="http://bizcatalyst360.com/our-bizprophets/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">featured contributor on BizCatlyst 360</a> [ In case you are wondering ... <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Passion</strong></span> ]
I have just requested a 3.0 version upgrade on my time module, so once that is installed I will endeavor to write individual posts about some of these topics over the next week.
Meanwhile these are the 5 things that caught my eyes and ears last week.
<blockquote>"Privacy isn’t dead, but we are at a crossroads where the impact of new technologies combined with an antiquated and corrupted legal system and power-hungry companies and governments has placed our individual privacy at great risk to government overreach, unethical corporate spying, and straight-up thieves.
At this juncture we must make real choices and put real pressure on our elected officials and the companies we do business with or face a future filled with potential oppression.
So where is all the activism?”
Great words … sad words – but great words. *They turned up in an email today as I was sorting some files out. I can’t source them unfortunately … but me ? Me – I am off to find me some activism.
<blockquote>If we think about privacy as outdated or impossible, our digital revolution may have no rules at all, a result that will disempower all but the most powerful among us.</blockquote>
For a variety of reasons I happened across <a href="https://hiddenchemistry.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Peter Parkes Blog</a> this morning, only to find an article on Privacy. It seems that everyone is writing about it these days. Hidden trackers, Ad/Malware, Permissions, Security ... there is a grand awakening occurring - but somehow it still isn't mainstream. (Even the Independent article that Peter links to is more about tax evasion/avoidance (depending on where you sit), rather than data mining and permissions - that Peter starts to drive towards.)
This particular one was new to me ..
Giving your boarding pass to an airport retailer allows them to spy on your travel plans
… and I bet is new to you … who would have thought that there were privacy implications when you hand over your boarding pass at an airport shop? Imagine what BAA and its owners – and other similar organizations across the globe know about you – and how much they can mine – just because you handed over your boarding pass in a store in an airport.
<blockquote>I’m speaking to you from Silicon Valley, where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information,” said Cook. “They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be.</blockquote>