Posted On: Wednesday - June 21st 2023 9:38PM MST
In Topics:   Humor  Political Correctness  Artificial Stupidity  Orwellian Stupidity  Big-Biz Stupidity  iEspionage
Alternate title: Live by the iEspionage, die by the iEspionage
I try to stay aware of all the ways my smart phone can keep track of me, and it's not that I believe the things I set in "Settings" for privacy will stop the evil Orwellian scum that can use the info. I cannot fathom the mind of someone either naive enough or uncaring enough to get one of those amazon Alexis home spy devices. Bezos and company are clear enough about what they are doing with those.*
Well, apparently, along with smart phones, smart cars, smart toasters, and smart toilets(?), there are smart whole houses. The convenience of one of those must be PHENOMENAL!, like you don't have to flip light switches, and the water may turn on when it looks like you're due for a shave, I don't know, in order for someone to happily invite computer spyware to run and spy on his home.
There can be problems, though... such as when Amazon Locks Man Out of His Smart Home After Baseless Racism Accusation. This is going to be a complete copy/paste job, as that site is IGN SEA, the "SEA" meaning Southeast Asia, so I'm not afraid of being sued from Phnom Penh or Jakarta by this Izzatul Rasali. (Thank you, Sir, for the story.)
In a world where technology has seamlessly intertwined with our daily lives, a man recently encountered an occurrence that showcased why relying on tech can be inadvertently complicated.Complicated? It thought computers were gonna simplify our lives. Also, I'm not so sure about the "inadvertently" part.
The alarming incident caused a smart-home owner to get locked out of his home for a week due to a misunderstanding with an Amazon delivery driver.After a couple of hours of that, I'd have smashed a window and when I got inside asked Alexis how to fix it.
The unwanted disruption happened when a package was delivered to Brandon Jackson’s home by an Amazon driver. Everything seemed like it was going smoothly until Jackson was unable to access his Amazon Echo devices the next day, indicating that his account had been locked.All his tools and helpful appliances work only under the control of Jeff Bezos and his programmers. Let's go, Brandon!
In a post shared by Jackson on Medium, he initially thought that someone might have attempted to log into his account repeatedly, which triggered the safety lockout mechanism when he was unable to interact with his devices.Brandon's doorbell called someone a nigger? I don't get this stuff...
In an attempt to address the problem, Jackson contacted Amazon’s customer service and was asked by an executive if he knew why his account was locked.
“When I answered I was unsure, their tone turned somewhat accusatory. I was told that the driver who had delivered my package reported receiving racist remarks from my ‘Ring doorbell’.”
Jackson, who claimed that his house has multiple cameras recording everything that happened within his property, reviewed the footage and found no proof of such remarks being uttered. According to him, the driver, who was wearing headphones, must have misheard the doorbell as the only sound it could make was the automated response, “Excuse me, can I help you?”I'd have already sent that thing back just based on the bad grammar programmed in at the Chinese factory, but maybe the doorbell was right about this. Did this delivery driver damage Brandon's stuff due to carelessness and stupidity? Per another doorbell I've heard from, "It's all so tiresome..."
You can't blame this one on Brandon because...
Adding to his bafflement, upon reviewing the footage, it became evident that no one was home during the incident, meaning the delivery driver had truly misinterpreted the situation. However, despite clearing the air with Amazon, Jackson’s account was still locked for an entire week.One is considered guilty of racism until definitively proving one's innocence - that takes donations, apologies, and yard signs. Yes, it can take weeks.
Amazon allegedly did not opt for a more reasonable approach, such as sending a warning email or contacting the homeowner before locking him out of his own house. Following the messy ordeal, Jackson said he is “seriously considering discontinuing” his Amazon Echo devices.Seriously? Just because an Orwellian network of iEspionage spyware appliances locked you out of your own house for a week due to a wholly manufactured slight reported by a diverse Amazon delivery man, you would change your whole life around?! You might have to switch on lights and set your alarm clock yourself. Oh, the humanity! That's right, how about some more humanity, rather than a life full of Artificial Stupidity?
* An acquaintance told me about a 1 1/2 hour video interview with Jeff Bezos on this stuff, but I forget the "venue", which would help in looking it up. I'll be seeing him again and will get the info.