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Tech Companies are Developing TV’s that Watch You

by VC, Vigilant Citizen:

The new generation of HDTV’s and cable receivers sold to the public contain features that are not very publicized by tech companies: Cameras, mics and sensors that have the ability of recording everything that is happening in the living room. Not unlike the telescreens in George Orwell’s novel 1984, TV’s will soon be able to watch and even thoroughly analyze everyone present in the devices’ vicinity.

The cable company Verizon has recently filed a patent for a system that contain audio and video sensors coupled with facial and profile recognition software. That would allow the company to obtain information such as the number people in the room, their sex, their race, what they are doing and even what they are consuming while watching TV. The goal of such a system is to broadcast “targeted advertising” but crossing the line to outright spying on people is only footstep away. Here’s an article on Verizon’s patent.

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3 comments to Tech Companies are Developing TV’s that Watch You

  • Ed_B

    “Not unlike the telescreens in George Orwell’s novel 1984, TV’s will soon be able to watch and even thoroughly analyze everyone present in the devices’ vicinity.”

    If this kind of Orwellian BS is the future of TV, then we should all already have the last TV we will ever own. If these sensors require line of sight for their function, then it might be possible to put a small piece of black vinyl electricians tape over the sensor. If not, then eff-em. I can and will do without intrusive TV of that type and I do not give a damn what the reason for it may be. There is absolutely nothing that justifies this.

  • Robert

    Just make sure you are not stacking your PM’s while the TV’s on

  • JOHN IN PHILADELPHIA

    AND MAKE SURE YOU THROW A BLANKET OR TOWEL OVER THE TV BEFORE HAVING SEX OR AFTER TAKING A SHOWER. THE VOYEURS WILL BE WATCHING

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