In Verizon’s invasive futuristic nightmare patent, they suggest that their cable boxes could detect ‘when people are cuddling’ and then proceed to display commercials for condoms, flowers and romantic vacations.
The cable box would contain a number of sensors such as thermal imaging cameras, microphones and motion sensors.
You’re probably like, “there’s no way they’ll get that patent; it’s too messed up.” Think again, peon! Your privacy is meaningless at this point. Microsoft already patented a motion sensor which can figure out how many people are in your room and cease to work if it think that there are ‘more people than the copyright terms allow.’ No slumber party movie screenings for you!
Google and Comcast are also trying to get in on it.
Verizon’s patent is the creepiest so far, only because it is watching and listening to what you’re specifically doing and saying and then recommending advertisements based on its eavesdropping.
Look at it this way. You’re in the room with your mom and the family dog. Your mom is arguing with you about how crappy your grades are. A commercial for a tutoring program pops up. Dad walks in and accidentally kicks the dog across the room. A commercial for an emergency vet pops up. You laugh, inappropriately. A commercial for a nearby comedy club pops up. Oh, and it can also racially profile you. Cool, right?