My wife and I were having an enjoyable and uninterrupted supper last evening and, in the process of having a fairly active discussion about some news or other item that was on BBC iPlayer, I used a word that is not, in current parlance, ‘politically correct’.
To our surprise and I suppose shock, our Amazon ‘Alexa’ suddenly said “this is not a polite word to say”. I should point out that I had not addressed Alexa in the usual fashion, or ordered it to extract some useful information about the weather or local travel news or to listen to BBC Radio 4 or to ask it to say something funny – it just spoke to us, unannounced and uninvited into our home!
It was very funny at the time and I mentioned this later on to one of my children and their first question was…”what was the word”? I explained that it was not ‘politically correct’ and that it was, possibly, not a word they would use, so I did not share it with them. I should point out, that it is not a word I would use outside my home either.
However it got me thinking and especially in the light of recent events concerning our apparent naivety about data harvesting via Facebook and other related issues. There is no way I ‘woke Alexa up’, as one does, so, I am left with the worrying thought that someone is listening to what is being said in my home, despite the supposed requirement to ‘open up’ this particular access to the internet.
Having heard what I said, then digested it, then formed an opinion (presumably based on that of Amazon people) and then responded with a ‘rap on my knuckles’ for saying it, where else has my ‘politically incorrect’ word gone now and what may happen as a consequence? This is all very interesting or perhaps even worrying, that the ‘privacy of my own home’ is not as sacrosanct or as under my control as I thought!