posted on Nov, 19 2006 @ 01:06 AM
The first thing that I thought of when we heard that Google is working on a system that listens to what's on your TV playing in the background, and
then serves you relevant adverts, was "that's cool, but not cool at all".
The idea appeared in Technology Review and says these ideas will show up eventually in real Google products - sooner rather than later.
The idea is to use the existing PC microphone to listen to whatever is heard in the background, be it music, your phone going off or the TV turned
down. The PC then identifies it, using fingerprinting, and then shows you relevant content, whether that's adverts or search results, or a chat room
on the subject. And, of course, I wouldnt put it past Google to store that information away, along with the search terms it keeps that you've used,
and the web pages you have visited, to help it create a personalised profile that feeds you just the right kind of adverts/content.
Pretty soon the security industry is going to find a way to hijack the Google feed and use it for full on espionage.
The term "spyware" might take on an extra meaning if this holds true!!! Be very scared!!
[edit on 11/19/2006 by texaspike]