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Amazon’s Alexa now offering to diagnose coronavirus

By Helen Buyniski | RT | March 28, 2020

Amazon’s Alexa AI assistant can now evaluate coronavirus symptoms and recommend testing for US users – testing it profits from and hopes to roll out nationwide. Will it report ‘dry coughs’ to the proper authorities, too?

‘Doctor’ Alexa is making house calls, Amazon has revealed, boasting its voice assistant now allows users to check their “risk level” for coronavirus in a blog post on Thursday. Users concerned they might have the virus can confide in Alexa, who will inquire about symptoms, travel history, and other routes of possible exposure before making recommendations based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

This innovation would be less unsettling if Amazon didn’t have a massive financial interest in keeping the coronavirus panic and pandemic going as long as possible. Government-mandated shutdowns of “nonessential businesses” have triggered soaring demand for its e-commerce services as brick-and-mortar shops are forced to close their doors, and customers are far less likely to venture out even to the supermarket if their virtual assistant is telling them they might have coronavirus.

In an even more blatant conflict of interest, Amazon is piloting a Covid-19 testing program in the Seattle area, delivering testing kits to residents as part of a private-sector health study. While it’s the Bill Gates Foundation and other NGOs, not Seattle residents, who are paying for the testing kits, each one distributed is still more money in the already-bottomless pockets of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s second richest man (Gates, incidentally, is the richest). Alexa would be a traitor to her master if she didn’t recommend as many Americans be tested as possible.

And Seattle will soon be joined by the rest of the country, if Bezos has his way. The e-commerce tycoon hinted on Thursday that Amazon might be distributing tests on a wider basis after speaking with World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Amazon is already offering such a test in the UK, though diagnosis-by-Alexa is not yet available there. The WHO has urged the US to ramp up testing, which still lags woefully behind other countries, but the US seems to be unique in the manner in which that testing is being taken over by private companies eager to grab their piece of the coronavirus pie.

Worse than the financial conflicts of interest, however, is Alexa’s legendary reputation for snooping. Already, as quarantines have mandated professionals in most jobs work from home, those whose work depends on confidentiality – lawyers, for example – are being advised to deactivate their digital assistants while working from quarantine. It’s not paranoia – devices like Alexa, Siri and Google Home “accidentally” start recording unbidden as many as 19 times per day, according to a study published last month – long after Amazon, Apple, and Google had promised reforms to their privacy policies when the extent of their nonconsensual snooping was revealed.

Which brings up a whole new realm of concern with regard to the coronavirus: if Alexa hears you cough, and decides it’s a “dry cough” like we are told coronavirus produces, will she report you to medical authorities for extra surveillance to make sure you’re obeying quarantine religiously? Will she rat you out if she hears the front door close despite a shelter-in-place order, perhaps interfacing with your Amazon Ring doorbell to send footage of you leaving to authorities so they can arrest you before you come into contact with others? It may sound over-the-top, but Alexa has been calling the cops on presumed criminals since at least 2017, when a shouting match between a New Mexico couple turned physical only after the device quietly summoned police – leading the man to physically attack his girlfriend out of a belief she had called the sheriff on him (while Amazon insisted at the time that Alexa was incapable of making phone calls, raising the question of whether one of the remote contractors tasked with listening to recordings had overheard the presumed assault and intervened, newer versions of the device support phone calls).

Given the Orwellian legislation being passed in the UK – and proposed in the US – that would permit authorities to detain suspected coronavirus patients indefinitely, the “Alexa heard you cough, please come with us” scenario isn’t as far-fetched as it might seem. Amazon is inextricably intertwined with the US government – its servers host the CIA, NSA, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Defense, among other agencies – and governments have always used crises to adopt draconian policies their subjects would not otherwise accept. Coronavirus is no different. This time, however, Big Brother has Big Tech on his side, and the little guy doesn’t stand a chance.

Follow Helen Buyniski on Twitter @velocirapture23

March 28, 2020 - Posted by | Full Spectrum Dominance | , , , ,

20 Comments »

  1. Bezos and Gates to the rescue! Problem-Reaction-Solution! I sure do feel better now.

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    Comment by tsisageya | March 29, 2020 | Reply

  2. It’s just like all the other psyops we’ve been subjected to lo these many years, except that, this time, all they had to do was snap their fingers, et voila! The entire world is brought to its knees. Apparently. Of course not without a little inside trading and a few resignations, amirte?

    What an obvious crock of bull feathers. I’m amazed these folks continue to show their faces in public.

    I guess they took the advice about telling lies, i.e., the bigger, the better…or some such. Their eyes are bigger than their stomachs this time, I imagine. They’re shooting for the whole enchilada but they’re just miserable failures bound for eternal damnation. Too bad.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | March 29, 2020 | Reply

    • Whatever’s left, after all is said and done, is fair game for buying on the cheap, is that it? I can’t pretend to know what these unregulated crazies have in mind. I can only read my Bible and guess at it. Money, power, evil…

      Silver lining: This has allowed me to understand just how deep the U.S. city/states are into it (the psyops). Also, medical people. And so many more. What a terrible thing to rape citizens’ trust like this. Terrible doesn’t even begin to cover it.

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      Comment by Tsisageya 1 | March 29, 2020 | Reply

      • …nor does rape.

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        Comment by Tsisageya 1 | March 29, 2020 | Reply

  3. Is there a stock market for guillotines, tar and feathers, hanging in the public square? Soon enough, I guess. Their security won’t be able to save them, I promise you that.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | March 29, 2020 | Reply

  4. We don’t need no useless Hague. The Hague is bullshit. We just need regular people. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | March 29, 2020 | Reply

  5. ASSHOLES should always be afraid since they are nothing.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | March 29, 2020 | Reply

  6. Jesus Christ is the only name to remember.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | March 29, 2020 | Reply

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | March 29, 2020 | Reply

  8. Fuck y’all. (oops inadvertent cuss word.)

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | March 29, 2020 | Reply

    • Did I live the truth to the ones I love? I tried, but I don’t think I did. Frankly, I’ve been a failure as a human.

      Until I trusted Jesus Christ.

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      • I know, OUCH, right?

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        Comment by Tsisageya 1 | March 29, 2020 | Reply

        • Even still I’m a failure.

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  9. I think it’s very clear that governments and their people are no longer (if they’e ever been) in sympathy, shall we say. At this point, I think it’s them, or us. But you better have Jesus.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | March 29, 2020 | Reply

    • Hahaha I forgot to mention the MEDIA. How careless of me. The media, Wouldn’t wanna beeya.

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      Comment by Tsisageya 1 | March 29, 2020 | Reply

  10. Governments. Hey, all you governments. Hey all you liars. How dare you?

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | March 29, 2020 | Reply

  11. Sure though. Be sure to vote. Right, like that’s a thing.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | March 29, 2020 | Reply

  12. I don’t think they understand their vulnerabilities.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | March 29, 2020 | Reply

  13. Like I said once before, white-washed tombs.

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    Comment by Tsisageya 1 | March 29, 2020 | Reply

  14. I like it when Christian men actually speak up. There seem to so few though.

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