@snarl and others. This is why Google also turned off active conversations by default so that it doesn’t ask you follow up questions. They also introduced better recognition so that it only recognises your voice after a series of blasphemous advertising schemes in America where they had people saying “Ok Google,” “Hey Siri” and “Alexa.”
There was a huff about this in the media recently and it wasn’t just Google, it was Amazon and Apple also that were brought to task over active listening devices.
As to Edward Snowden and his beliefs. There are some merits. I trained to be a government analyst myself with a degree double major in political science and international science. Shall we say:
Me no think Snowden is 100% right upstairs anymore…
I also think that the Russian government has him wrapped up around their pinky finger and of the dumbest places to seek Asylum Russia would be one of them due to their lack of press freedoms and its general freedom of the the people and association. I can sooorrttaa understand why he did it but you have to be one desperate fellow to go down that pathway because now there are two answers. The only way Mr. Snowden will ever learn to live is to live with a cautious relationship with the KGB, or he will end up dead in a bodybag after they are sick of their new found Jack In The Box.
Also… Under local jurisdiction it’s all kinds of illegal for the government to actively surveil its citizens without reason, and without an active warrant and you’re positively bananas if you believe Five Eyes is actually interested in what you ate for breakfast and who you’re sleeping with.
They’re not, and anyway, even if they are collecting so much data about the world, and they are, and they pretty likely do have some kind of search engine to access all that data. You’re still pretty much safe through obfuscation due to the fact that there is 7billion people on this planet. As they say, if you want to hide, the best place to hide is in the plane old outdoors, open.
Actually those kinds of delusions are common in schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and other types of delusional and paranoic disorders that affect people’s mental faculties and thought processes.
I wouldn’t be too worried about conversations like “Hey Siri, turn on the lights.”