The real cost of smart speakers

Alexa's recording you. What’s she doing with it?
Read Sara’s article about the privacy settings on your smart speaker: www.vox.com/recode/2020/12/9/22160427/amazon-alexa-google-assistant-siri-holidays
Correction: At 0:58, we mistakenly suggest that every 1 in 5 American households has a smart speaker. In fact, over one-third of U.S. adults has a smart speaker. We regret the error.
In 2014, Amazon debuted a simple but industry-changing product: the smart speaker. Technically the Amazon Echo was just a microphone attached to the internet that you installed in your home. But it let users ask a digital assistant, Alexa, thousands of questions and commands, and it was a hit. Before long, Google and Apple followed with their own smart speakers, and today, a device that began as a curiosity has become commonplace: one in five US households now owns a smart speaker.
Smart speakers offer convenience; much of their popularity can simply be chalked up to that. But tech companies are also clearly pushing the technology onto consumers hard, sometimes selling smart speakers at rock-bottom prices, and building the “listening” technology that drives them into all sorts of other products, from headphones to doorbells. And a big reason for that is all the data that they produce.
Just like our web searches, online purchases, and social networks, every command you give to a smart speaker is a new piece of data that tech companies own. Most likely, your voice recordings are already being used for improving those companies’ listening algorithms and ad targeting, but there’s very little transparency and no way to know exactly how they use human voice data. All we really know is that these devices have enabled their manufacturers to collect gigantic troves of voice recordings - and that opting out of it isn’t always easy.
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  1. Vox

    Vox

    Πριν 26 ημέρες

    Recode by Vox uncovers and explains how our digital world is changing - and changing us. Subscribe to our daily newsletter to keep up: events.recode.net/newsletters/subscribe/

    • AlvaDrive

      AlvaDrive

      Πριν 23 ημέρες

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  2. I have something to say

    I have something to say

    Πριν 5 ώρες

    Y’all get scared of this as if it wasn’t making your life easier 🙄

  3. Anonymoose

    Anonymoose

    Πριν 14 ώρες

    Alex Jones ranted about this in like 2003... he said they wouldn't need to force surveillance into people's homes, that people would scramble to purchase it as a convenience.

  4. Ikal Balam

    Ikal Balam

    Πριν ημέρα

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  5. Bobby Bannerjee

    Bobby Bannerjee

    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    I don't understand something here - if you have nothing to hide, what do you have to fear?

  6. Zita Á.

    Zita Á.

    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    Me before the video: I know they probably steal our data, but what for? Me after the video: I know they probably steal our data, but what for? Disclaimer: Sorry if you said it, I'm kind of tired.

    • Born Star

      Born Star

      Πριν 3 ημέρες

      @Zita Á. yes they will sell your information to the government, corporations, business, military, law enforcement probably even schools and your bosses at work they will use your information to make a quick buck but big tech giants right now only use it to target you with ads but they do sell your information behind your back

    • Zita Á.

      Zita Á.

      Πριν 3 ημέρες

      @Born Star Thanks! Is it really such a big business though?

    • Born Star

      Born Star

      Πριν 3 ημέρες

      They use the data to target you with ads

  7. hotmandead1

    hotmandead1

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    The gist is you buy an expensive microphone that can and stores your data for xyz use ... be aware of privacy.

  8. Juliette

    Juliette

    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Some rewards thing gave my mom a google home for free and she thought it was just a speaker.... needless to say my dad and I immediately told her to never plug it in or use it

  9. Prajval Rao

    Prajval Rao

    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Green beans

  10. bassistwd

    bassistwd

    Πριν 7 ημέρες

    nope. no use for it.

  11. DMBisAwesome

    DMBisAwesome

    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    >It's just a microphone connected to the internet well, yeah.... >It just records my question and sends it off to an Amazon database basically, yes. Like how do you not know this? >Your question stays in their database forever TIL most consumers have no idea how modern technology works

  12. Nabil

    Nabil

    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    Nowadays information means power

  13. FromThe3PointLine

    FromThe3PointLine

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    Alexa play tickle tickle

  14. Simrit

    Simrit

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    sometimes companies straight up give away these devices for 'free'

  15. Rajshikhar Molasaria

    Rajshikhar Molasaria

    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    it was really helpful...I just turned off ad personalization...wasn't knowing there was something like that.

  16. Ryder

    Ryder

    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    It's literally just a link to a search engine, just use your phone lol.

  17. Harrison Freeman2854

    Harrison Freeman2854

    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    Anyone else play this video out loud and activated their google home?

  18. Alexander Daniel Pratama

    Alexander Daniel Pratama

    Πριν 11 ημέρες

    10 dollars in the USA. Mine is equivalent to 50 - 100 dollars. Less than 1% have this smart speaker in my country alone

  19. Isaac Siao

    Isaac Siao

    Πριν 11 ημέρες

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  20. Владимир Набоков

    Владимир Набоков

    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    Virtual panopticon

  21. Thomas Main

    Thomas Main

    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    This video activated my Nest audio which then gave me tips for what to do in Santa Cruz. (As an aside, I find Google knowing everything about me just makes my ad experiences and Android experience much more convenient and personalized. But that's obviously a trade-off with privacy.)

  22. Ben Williams

    Ben Williams

    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    Googles ad personalization works even though I have it turned off so it doesn’t mean anything

  23. Daniel Radnedge

    Daniel Radnedge

    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    As far as I'm concerned it's win-win. I get to use a useful tool, I get adverts (which I would get anyway) but instead of seeing sports bra's and nail polish I get things that might be relevant to my interests. They get more $'s. There are ways to hide the information you don't want them to know about. Also you're the worst for setting off my Google Home like that.

  24. Aly pixar

    Aly pixar

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    Great video

  25. TidalWave Dan

    TidalWave Dan

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    This is where I drew a hard line. No smart speakers in our house I don’t even want them on my home network.

  26. John Smith

    John Smith

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    A listening device in every room. Tech oligarchy curated “news” content. A very brave new world indeed.

  27. Eshaan Kulkarni

    Eshaan Kulkarni

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    J

  28. JustAnotherYoutubeChannel

    JustAnotherYoutubeChannel

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    Lockman Cyrus

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  30. ayush jha

    ayush jha

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    You could have made it better by adding more insights, i didnt received any valuable insights except the options to opt out and delete recordings... but indeed good work!!! keep it up. am fan of Vox since two days.

  31. Sameer Kulkarni

    Sameer Kulkarni

    Πριν 14 ημέρες

    the alexa hamlinz edit is 4ever undefeated

  32. Nate Harris

    Nate Harris

    Πριν 14 ημέρες

    Hit piece, and like three years too late

  33. Nate Harris

    Nate Harris

    Πριν 14 ημέρες

    first

  34. Johnson Roberto

    Johnson Roberto

    Πριν 14 ημέρες

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  35. K

    K

    Πριν 14 ημέρες

    I can’t believe 1 in 5 has a smart speaker

  36. GrayCode66

    GrayCode66

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    Vox is karen

  37. Avallone Gomez

    Avallone Gomez

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

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  38. Michael Koehler

    Michael Koehler

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    What? product recommendations are ads, because ads are product recommendations

  39. BrechtXT

    BrechtXT

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    Thankfully most of this doesn’t apply to Apple

  40. JASON HUANG

    JASON HUANG

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

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  41. R22 Gamer

    R22 Gamer

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    Ahh the Amazon echo meme AMAZON TECHNO FOR THE WIN

  42. Xavier Ulloa

    Xavier Ulloa

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    1984

  43. iuliuspro

    iuliuspro

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    ok, so it's basically a spying device that's also helpful so you pay for the cost yourself. Typical manipulation, genius from the point of view of big tech.

  44. cxa011500

    cxa011500

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    Eh...whatever. As long as I can listen to Katie Perry 24 hours a day I'm happy. 😛 Seriously though, I love ad personalization. I wish they would give us more opportunities to explicitly request what content we want.

  45. Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.

    Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    This it´s not good....

  46. Dawn

    Dawn

    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    I wish this was longer.

  47. Justin

    Justin

    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    0:01 my google home mini answered the same question 😭😂

    • Justin

      Justin

      Πριν 15 ημέρες

      @ShowMeYourFnKey bro same my mom was playing music

    • ShowMeYourFnKey

      ShowMeYourFnKey

      Πριν 15 ημέρες

      i couldnt get her to shut up

  48. Gimbra

    Gimbra

    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    Honestly I don't care if someone is judging my playlist or my confusion about a subject

  49. æ

    æ

    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    Welcome to utopia!

  50. Jacob Lee

    Jacob Lee

    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    If Amazon, Apple or Google wants to record me naked jerking off in my room I personally don’t care, because whoever sees it won’t leak it due to the reproductions. I would only care if everyone saw it, then I’d feel embarrassed. I especially don’t care if a computer uses me as a data point. I only care once that data point is used to target me.

  51. Jacob Lee

    Jacob Lee

    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    Ad targeting makes me uncomfortable because I don’t want to want things.

    • raptoray

      raptoray

      Πριν 2 ημέρες

      yep money will go brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

  52. Corgimations

    Corgimations

    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    You should do one about how Google listens to what you say even with you not on the website through your speaker, as one time I was talking about tuna fish since I saw it at the grocery store and Google then recommended an ad for fish to me.

  53. Abhi Patidar

    Abhi Patidar

    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    Tbh I don't have much to hide and I don't give a flip about ads. It's better this ways, prices of tech is low.

  54. Tiago Jacinto

    Tiago Jacinto

    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    Anyone else see the fartcopter kid?

  55. An Intellectual Barbarian

    An Intellectual Barbarian

    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    I just ordered Alexa and this video pops up in my recommendations.

  56. Awesome Aasim

    Awesome Aasim

    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    Don't forget about the FBI inside the speaker.

  57. Aryan Kumar

    Aryan Kumar

    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    one in every 5 houses thats a lot

    • Aryan Kumar

      Aryan Kumar

      Πριν 16 ημέρες

      @oiuet souiu do you have one?

    • oiuet souiu

      oiuet souiu

      Πριν 17 ημέρες

      Glad I clicked this. 🙏🏽

  58. The Anygamer

    The Anygamer

    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    0:54 is that Demitri from Cobra Kai???

  59. SamLyndonShow

    SamLyndonShow

    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    Incredibly informative

  60. Dutch

    Dutch

    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    the microphone is open 100% of the time. they are constantly listening to what you say. it broadcasts in real-time as long as you have an open internet connection. the data is sent to outsourced companies like the one that i work for and then analyzed for marketing purposes (and not just) also for Home Land Security benefits.

  61. Freddy PR

    Freddy PR

    Πριν 18 ημέρες

    I had a Google home but I got rid of it because I learned that turning off the mic doesn't really stop it from listening. If you turn it off and continue talking to it, it will tell you that the microphone is off. That was enough to make me get rid of it

  62. Thomas Alder

    Thomas Alder

    Πριν 18 ημέρες

    Every one in five homes....are being surveilled 24 hours a day.

  63. Joshua Rathbun

    Joshua Rathbun

    Πριν 18 ημέρες

    you can just simply not own one so you won't have to worry about it.

  64. Andrea Thompson

    Andrea Thompson

    Πριν 18 ημέρες

    Half the time Alexa doesn't understand your question. So big deal.

  65. hi bye

    hi bye

    Πριν 18 ημέρες

    Me chillin with my Apple HomePod lol

  66. Jåne Døh

    Jåne Døh

    Πριν 18 ημέρες

    All jokes aside, this is what I love about Vox. I have a smart speaker, and several Amazon products, so this was very helpful just to know in general, with solid information and a source.

  67. orangix

    orangix

    Πριν 18 ημέρες

    Your data. There, thats it

  68. Sivam mantha

    Sivam mantha

    Πριν 18 ημέρες

    I asked for health advice according to johnny sins, any idea what will happen to me?

  69. Sivam mantha

    Sivam mantha

    Πριν 18 ημέρες

    I wonder what types of ads people who asked for naughty things get?

  70. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa Ni

    Πριν 18 ημέρες

    Vox: "They don't need money...They need your data" Chinese apps: I thought I was the only one

  71. The Rain

    The Rain

    Πριν 18 ημέρες

    Anyone else’s smart speaker respond to this vid?

  72. Greg Mark

    Greg Mark

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

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    • Ailsa Ni

      Ailsa Ni

      Πριν 18 ημέρες

      And people put tape over their laptop webcam and feel safe, meanwhile...

  73. Greg Mark

    Greg Mark

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    The trading system is a set of certain algorithms trading, instructions, and action of the trader, on the basis of the technical analysis. In each trading system, the conditions for entry/exit time intervals, money management, and risk management are clearly defined. Trading systems allow you to limit the factor of emotional influence on decision-making, as well as to give the trade a certain degree of systemic character. I have been trading forex for 6 months now and never have! regretted going into it, my only regret is not going through the right way as I lost a lot before l was directed to the best trading agent in the market, Expert Mrs Linda Tamara, she grew my account drastically with my initial investment of $4500 to $32000 in a week +1 (602) 661-3144 what's app.....💯💯thank me later

  74. Chris Rodriguez

    Chris Rodriguez

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    Glad I clicked this. 🙏🏽

  75. Alexander O'Sullivan

    Alexander O'Sullivan

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    You include Apple in this video but you never mention anything about how they handle data

  76. DM DM

    DM DM

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    That was a waste of 5:43 minutes of my life.

  77. Khan Piesse

    Khan Piesse

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    It’s so weird how in America everyone uses Alexa but in every other modern country, everyone uses Google Home.

  78. Tristan N

    Tristan N

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    0:57 Where is that information from?

  79. Tristan N

    Tristan N

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    0:20 came first with Apple Watch*

  80. Micah McNair

    Micah McNair

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    At 2:03 my Alexa gave me the temp forecast for the day. Thanks Vox.

  81. Lucien Crawford

    Lucien Crawford

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    Me: Please, turn off all Alexa devices in the U.S. Alexa: Sure, but first I have to call Jeff Bezos. I suggest you run.

  82. Taryn Jan

    Taryn Jan

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    Until late 2019 Amazon's metadata for every question you asked Alexa stored the physical coordinates of your Alexa device (literally latitude, longitude). There was a report in Bloomberg about it , google it.

  83. aditi mishra

    aditi mishra

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    why are we turning things orwellian?

  84. seriouslyawesomestuff

    seriouslyawesomestuff

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    Thanks the video than special thanks for activating my smart devices by not censoring the hey siri and ok google catchphrases!

  85. Hassan Salman

    Hassan Salman

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    But how do we know if they are really deleting our data?

  86. Ma Emer Sy

    Ma Emer Sy

    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    So... smart speakers are basically Chinese surveillance but commercialize.

    • Ma Emer Sy

      Ma Emer Sy

      Πριν 19 ημέρες

      @soiung toiue it's possible since apple's advantage to all android phones is its security. In order for them to protect its users, they collect data from them. The data are then used to improved their security. That's the reason why apple devices are updated more frequently than android devices.

    • soiung toiue

      soiung toiue

      Πριν 20 ημέρες

      Apple is also sailing in the same boat? I doubt

  87. LiveeviL6969

    LiveeviL6969

    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    And people put tape over their laptop webcam and feel safe, meanwhile...

  88. Pre Poster

    Pre Poster

    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    Literally everyone knows this.

  89. Josh Boak

    Josh Boak

    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    Am I the only one who finds them completely useless?

  90. AHK786PK

    AHK786PK

    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    You are the product

  91. Yuri Thorpe

    Yuri Thorpe

    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    You really didn't censor out the hotwords?

  92. Aditya Kanoi

    Aditya Kanoi

    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    Russia : its our data

  93. adnin H

    adnin H

    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    my fbi agent getting replaced by alexa😢

  94. Ludo De Angelis

    Ludo De Angelis

    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    Not sure why Apple was included in this video.

    • Ludo De Angelis

      Ludo De Angelis

      Πριν 19 ημέρες

      Minuscule amount compared to those other disgraceful companies.

    • Khan Piesse

      Khan Piesse

      Πριν 19 ημέρες

      They sell smart speakers, and they also collect user data. They don’t use it for advertising purposes, but they still collect the data.

  95. dcoog anml

    dcoog anml

    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    If your product is free, you're the product.

  96. SchwerMetall154

    SchwerMetall154

    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    Is it better for a hostile foreign government to spy on you or a big tech oligopoly to spy on you? You have a choice of how your data is used, but in both cases you are giving up your right to privacy so that a powerful entity can collect on your personal data. The problem today is that the line between hostile governments and big tech gets blurrier by the day.

    • dcoog anml

      dcoog anml

      Πριν 20 ημέρες

      Sad thing is nobody cares.

  97. mhkpt

    mhkpt

    Πριν 21 ημέρα

    We’re sacrificing all of our privacy for a little bit of convenience.

  98. Michel Normandin

    Michel Normandin

    Πριν 21 ημέρα

    Get lost Vox. What they do with our data is not a mystery. It was very popular a century ago and even had your PIN tattooed on your arm and a yellow badge on your coat, but now, it's on a world wide digital scale. Big Tech is playing useless gods in a sea of siren songs that smart speakers delivers with your monthly payment.

  99. cope

    cope

    Πριν 21 ημέρα

    yeah i got a google home for free with my spotify subscription bc i wanted a blue tooth speaker and thought it would work nicely. For some reason my cat HATED it and constantly sought to pick it up by the frabic and chuck it off any surface until it finally broke... maybe he knows something

  100. Matteo Cerioli

    Matteo Cerioli

    Πριν 21 ημέρα

    2000th comment. Peace.

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