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And before you dismiss concerns over the new technology, which works as a software application, just consider two of the examples Verizon gives of how its new DVR technology could be used: sounds of couples arguing would trigger ads for marriage counseling while sounds of "cuddling" would prompt ads for contraceptives.
24 hour surveillance by advertisers and the government is coming. But they're gonna sell it to us, make us want it. Make us pay for it. And I'll be watching in fascination to see how they accomplish that goal.
ArsTechnica points out, Verizon is not alone is filing patents of this nature. Comcast filed a similar patent in 2008 for using technology that would deliver ads based on which people were in a room at a given time. And in 2007, Google filed a patent for its Google TV service that would use cameras and audio recording devices to determine how many people were simultaneously watching a program.
Originally posted by elouina
This has to be one for the folklore pages. There were rumors many years ago about Comcast doing the same thing. Like they could really get away with doing something like this?