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July 14, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Disembodied voices

It was spooky

  • Power suddenly going out late at night during a slasher movie spooky
  • Strange car sitting outside at the end of the driveway in the night spooky
  • CIA opperation spooky
Frightened woman and hand with knife. 1917. THe Dark World Film/Moving Picture World (USPD., artist life/

No, not about hurricanes. A different dark and stormy watching.(USPD/

Did I get it across THIS WAS SPOOKY?

We were simply standing around talking when suddenly –

A voice. From out of no where. A woman’s voice.

An instructive tone announcing “Here’s 5 ways to get what you want. First, ” It continued as we gasp.

  • Sounding like a lecture for your own good from some authoritative invisible source. (Like the Wizard behind the curtain of Oz?)
  • Sounding like Joel Osteen or one of those “God wants you to have what you want” churches

No, the TV wasn’t on.

The uninvited, disembodied lecturer droned on from Senior Staff’s Google phone. 

Yep, the sneaky little snoop had been listening in and, I guess, feeling left out of the conversation (or sorry for pathetic humans), decided interrupt and instruct.

Google knows, you know, what you want to know, only no.

Google Assistant is designed to barge into the conversation if you say “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google” or press a button.

Only no one did.

Senior Staff had said about something, “Ok, do what you want (about that).”

I had great urge to drop kick the thing into pool next door….but resisted vocalizing that….

it’s Google…tendrils into so much.

So many listening ports…they can lock and unlock doors you know…AC units….

And so many states have mental health red flag laws now….

woman surrounded by men. 1917 film Triangle Film Corp.(, artist life/

Don’t deny it. You were heard. Now where did you put it? (USPD/

(Phone self dialing 911) “Reporting Device cruelty!” Oh, it was a joke. Seriously.

It is funny, right? Right?

Smile and nod your head up and down, up and down – in front of the phone camera – just because…”

Now let’s do what they do in spy movies, go in the bathroom, and turn on the faucet before continuing…

“Honest, Google, really  – it’s just ordinary shower time. Mr/Ms Suspicious, you’re all wet.”


Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

The Big Picture: Predictive Technology. “Google you auto-complete me.” Mark Wilson

  • It all starts with “Hi” instead of “Hey”…. Read the article
  • “At what point will Google’s predictive technology grow so powerful that we begin thinking of its personalized recommendations as our own?”
  • Concerned about super intelligent AI thinking like humans? Maybe we should be concerned about humans, especially young humans, thinking like robots.
  • Tech ethicist Polgar. “A lot of this predictive analysis is getting at the heart of whether or not we have free will: Do I pick my next step or does Google? And if it can predict my next step, then what does that say about me?”
  • Linguist/Ohio state assist. Prof Squires. “So (Google) is going to create these new set phrases for us and we’ll be locked in and never stray from them?…She laughs, and thinks synonyms are overrated. To her, language is about function not “flourish”.
  •  Polgar. “The very fact that these companies are altering your environment and sending certain cues is inherently going to alter your behavior.”
  • Former Google désign ethicist Harris (2016). “By shaping the menus we pick from, technology hijackes the way we perceive our choices and replaces them with new ones.”
  • Alphabet head of design X, Foster. Currently the human gene sequence is giving a map of human biology – and there is the potential/reality to modify in order to produce a desired result. As patterns of human/user behaviors are sequenced, there’s the potential for development of a system that not only tracks, but “offers direction towards a desired result.”  And the desired result would be directed by Google. (His banana example to show how a company’s “values/choices” can be exchanged/integrated into yours is worth reading)
  • Wilson: To prove his own existence, Descartes said, “I think; therefore, I am.” “But if technology has divorced thought from action and turned consciousness into reflex, are we truly alive? I side with Descartes. The answer is ‘no’ “
  • How to take back your mind. Read the article 
early morning rain bands circling around from Hurricane Barry ((© image: copyrighted, all rights reserved, NO permissions granted)

The beauty of danger. Still spooky early this morning as rain bands circle across states to us from Hurricane Barry. Not a drop of rain, though.(© image)

Just FYI “How to disable Google Assistant,(but you know it’s a basic part of Android and this will disable all Assistant functionality…and THEY will probably know…and tell someone…” but if you’re OK with that….Wait! wait! No one said “OK Google”. It was so not an assistance  prompt. Sigh.)

Clearing sky (© image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

Afternoon’s clearing sky between storm rain bands. Rain expected tonight as the hurricane storm cloud crowd breaks up and wanders off.(© image)




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  1. Robin / Jul 14 2019 1:09 pm

    I’ve had that happen with my phone. It IS spooky. I’ve nearly given up on the idea of privacy of any kind, but want to draw the line at Google making my decisions for me. I’ve disabled stuff on my Android that I was warned not to disable and, so far, the phone has not imploded in protest. That said, how I can be sure those things really are disabled? 😉

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 14 2019 4:23 pm

      Your last sentence says it all.
      Computer advancement has allowed devices to step out of the “tool making your life easier at your command” role into directing thought and actions. Medical research is already showing changes in brain functions, attention spans, biological physical structure( like weak eye muscles/near sightedness in young children, a “spur on the back of the neck, and more)
      Humans need to forge a partnership with machines and keep a grip on the reins until we know what we’ve got.
      Data collections and data profiles are another big concern.
      I’m sure my old phone would prefer I hadn’t done a lobotomy on it. That old Blackberry or flip phone may be coming out of the drawer.
      Thanks for phoning in a comment


  2. shoreacres / Jul 14 2019 8:02 pm

    Heeeeee!!! I’m sure The Great Machine in the Sky is going to record this confession, but here it is:
    I’m not a late adopter, I’m a never adopter — as you know.

    I still use Google as a search engine, and Gmail, although I always start a search with DuckDuckGo.
    I use a flip phone, and rarely text.
    I can’t quite give up Twitter for my weather news, but that’s it for social media, and I’m cutting back on the number of people I follow there. I never tweet.
    My 2011 car doesn’t talk to me or track me, and I’m going to baby that baby. I don’t want a new car, ever.
    I don’t have any electronic gadget other than a computer and iPad in my home, and there’s no camera for skyping on my computer.

    See the pattern? Let’s paraphrase someone you know:

    “I gave up technology because I wished to live independently; to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had been living the life designed for me by Amazon and Google.”

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 17 2019 3:51 pm

      Some of started slipping back – for simplicity and now it turns out for sanity, health, and personal security/privacy. You do what we can (Seen Musk/Tesla is mulling over chip implants so humans can direct computers with thoughts rather than fingers and hands? Cue the Twilight Zone music?)
      Big doin’s goin’ on on the other side of the lake at NASA. Good to see a crowd there)
      Thanks for short circuiting the comment pile


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