2015 proved that we depend a lot on technology, but 2016 will show that we won’t be able to live without it. With every day that passes, we entrust more and more of our lives to the technology we are surrounded by. Every day, technologies are getting smarter and thus more desirable. But the new gadgets could come at the cost of our privacy.
In the past, kids talked to their toys and their toys talked back to them. Well, in their head that was. But the near future will bring real talking toys that will have the rights to register the information received from your kids and to use it for its own benefits. These futuristic toys include the talking dinosaur and the talking Barbie doll.
CogniToys will release a dinosaur which will be powered by IBM’s Watson artificial-intelligence system. The dinosaur that costs $99,99 will be able to have conversations with your children and the creators say that the toy is suited for kids with ages between four and seven. The dinosaur will tell jokes and will remember details about your kids’ preferences. Parents will be offered the possibility of monitoring their children through a cloud dashboard.
The Hello Barbie will be released this season by Mattel and will cost $75. The doll will be able to have conversations with your kids and has more than 8,000 responses, which will expand for sure. The Hello Barbie uses the technology used by Siri and the parent receives constant updates on the phone, with the help of an app. Barbie is the bestselling toy of all times, and brings around $2 billion to Mantel every year. Although the toy seems like a really good investment, the fact that the conversations will be recorded and stored on the Internet is worrying a lot of parents.
Because the home security cameras are becoming cheaper every day, more and more people buy them and they don’t install them as they should. They sometimes forget to lock them with passwords and there are websites that show these videos. Also, sometimes they can cause more damage than do good, as they can be hacked by thieves.
Cars will soon enough work with GPS technology and sensors. This will be a good thing when it comes to avoiding traffic, but records of your daily routes will also be generated, putting at risk your privacy.
These are only few of the new gadgets that could come at the cost of our privacy. So we’d better prepare ourselves to fight for the privacy that we deserve.
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