Amazon has admitted it’s considering eavesdropping on every conversation you have using Alexa speakers — or even your smartphone.
The terrifying concept suggests a future where products and services could be advertised to you based on things you say out loud.
Right now, the speaker only listens to what you say if you utter the “wake word,” Alexa.
But an Amazon patent suggests that might not always be the case – what if Alexa was always listening?
The patent, which was filed in June of last year, suggests the idea of eavesdropping in on your phone conversations.
Or using smart devices to listen to what you say.
“A smartphone or tablet computer can actively listen to audio data for a user, such as may be monitored during a phone call or recorded when a user is within a detectable distance of the device,” the patent reads.
It then goes on: “If a user mentions a desire to travel to Paris while on a call, a recommendation for a book about Paris or an advertisement for travel site might be presented at the end of the call.”
Another line suggests snooping on your phone conversations to listen for mentions of a restaurant.
“A recommendation might be sent while the user is still engaged in the conversation that enables the user to make a reservation at the restaurant, or provides a coupon or dining offer for that restaurant during the call,” Amazon explains.