Many in today’s society have been brainwashed into believing that “smart” devices exist to make our lives easier and more convenient. The ugly truth, however, is that Nest thermostats, Alexa speakers, Apple watches and other always-listening, always-watching electronics were actually designed for the purpose of enslaving you under constant surveillance.
People who live in “smart” homes can now be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week without the need for a warrant or probable cause, thanks to this clever little “smart” scheme. And in the United States where privacy laws are pitifully weak, there is almost nothing anyone can do about it other than to try to avoid “smart” devices whenever possible.
The problem is that even if you do not personally own anything “smart,” chances are someone you know does. When you visit a friend or a family member, for instance, “smart” devices throughout their homes will watch and listen to you without your consent.
In many cases, consumer spy devices like the “Amazon Echo” relay the data they capture back to the mother ship, typically for the purpose of selling it to third parties. In some cases, however, “smart” devices relay people’s private information to police departments and even the FBI, which could end up using it to falsely incriminate certain targets.