‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies.
Particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft. Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters – all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing.
He also added, “the latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately heading to quantum computing.”
This is because Samsung’s new line of LED HDTV’s will now include built-in, internally wired HD cameras, face tracking and speech recognition capabilities, and twin microphones. In the 2012 8000-series plasmas, the cameras and microphones are built directly into the screen bezel. The 7500 – 8000ES-series TV’s, however, will have the cameras permanently attached to the top of the set.
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During our demo, unless the face recognition learning feature was activated, there was no indication as to whether the camera (such as a red light) and audio mics are on. And as far as the microphone is concerned there is no way to physically disconnect it or be assured it is not picking up your voice when you don’t intend it to do so.
I don’t know about you, but the word of a major corporation, coming on the heels of an announcement by the CIA Director that the agency will soon be spying on us through our ordinary household appliances, is simply not good enough.
We reserve the right to share all Personal Data and non-Personal Data with any company within the Samsung Electronics group of companies, or with any other company that operates under the Samsung brand. … Each of the Samsung Group Companies will use your information in accordance with their own independent privacy practices.
Furthermore, in order to “deactivate” the Smart TV microphone, you must use the Samsung software which, in turn, must log in to the Samsung Cloud in order to be utilized. Therefore, the Cloud exists as a virtual backdoor that leads directly to the TV set in your living room, microphones and all. Since the Cloud is merely part of the Internet, this leaves the innermost parts of your home easily accessible to hackers and, even more concerning, to the government.
At least we now know the reason why the Federal government mandated all televisions to go digital.
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