Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Voice-activated Device's Call To Police May Have Saved Woman's Life

A man beating and threatening his girlfriend was arrested after a voice-activated device, such as Amazon's Alexa, called the police, say authorities in New Mexico.

According to reports, during the assault, the man is said to have asked: “Did you call the sheriffs?” It is believed that the question was picked up by the smart speaker and the voice-powered virtual assistant recognized the phrase as a instruction causing it to call 911.

The woman under assault could be heard during the call yelling "Alexa, call 911."

Right now these devices have no capability to call 911, so it's a head-scratcher as how the emergency call was activated. While I still have privacy concerns about smart devices, not everything is all negative.

Sources:
Amazon's Alexa credited with possibly lifesaving 911 call - CBS News

Amazon’s Alexa can’t call 911. But a sheriff claims it did - CNet

Friday, July 7, 2017

Prince Harry Warns Young People That Mobile Phones Affect Mental Health

Take a mental break and put down your phones, Prince Henry of Wales recently urged young people. He said he recently read that young people check their phones at least 150 times per day!

The Prince is a champion of mental health issues and believes more needs to be done to equip young people to deal with the modern world.  He believes that everyone would be “more effective and efficient” if they took more time to simply think.

According to a Gallup poll conducted back in 2012, by their own admission, many young Americans, aged 18 to 29, say they spend too much time using the Internet (59%), their cell phones or smartphones (58%), and social media sites such as Facebook (48%).

It's probably worse since the poll was taken...and not only for young adults!

Source: Prince Harry urges young people to put down their mobile phones and warns they affect mental health - The Telegraph