As if you needed another reason, but this one is a doozy:
In a paper to be presented today at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) in Berlin, Germany, computer scientists Gierad Laput, Karan Ahuja, Mayank Goel, and Chris Harrison describe a real-time, activity recognition system capable of interpreting collected sound.
In other words, a software that uses devices' always-on builtin microphones to sense what exactly's going on in the background.So now Alexa won't just know what you're saying, it will know what you're doing. And they'll use that information for - what? Of course, all the Fanbois who get these damned things have carefully gone over the license agreement before clicking "Accept", amirite?
Damn. Doesn't anyone remember Homer's story about the Trojan Horse? It was considered a classic when I was young.