Hey Siri Voice Activation

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Today, I saw this tweet about the new Amazon Echo:

Now why do I bring this up? Because now has a similar feature. When your is plugged in, Siri will listen for, and respond, to the words “Hey Siri”. So, similar to the idea behind the Echo, when I’m home with my phone plugged in, I can simply say, “Hey Siri, what’s the weather for tomorrow?” and get a response.

The problem, of course, is that your phone is an open mic, all the time, and we have to trust that , or Amazon is only activating the listening device when the correct magic words are said, and not doing any sort of recording or other kinds of eavesdropping on their behalf, or on the behalf of the . I’m not so sure I feel comfortable with that.

Of course, there’s also the fact that we are depending on it only responding when the magic words are said. This week, I discovered the hard way that the “Hey Siri” option might not be quite that accurate, as I was teaching an online course, talking into my headset as you do when teaching. Suddenly, my iPhone, which was plugged in behind me in the office, starting responding to me and searching for information. Whoops! I don’t know what I said, but I definitely did not say anything about Siri. 😉

4 Responses

  1. steven vore
    | Reply

    see also this disaster-waiting-to-happen: http://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/im-terrified-my-new-tv-why-im-scared-turn-thing

  2. steven vore
    | Reply

    oh never mind, it looks like you’re the one via whom I first saw that article 🙂

    • Mike McBride
      | Reply

      Actually, it’s just the opposite. I saw you share it yesterday on FB and added it to the links for the week! 😉

      • steven vore
        | Reply

        that *is* funny. Oh well, at least we both saw it.

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