TMZ accosted 68-year-old Steve Wozniak at an airport, according to an article shared by Slashdot reader Iwastheone. TMZ asked Wozniak for his thoughts on whether our devices are listening to us — and if we’re trying to have private conversations, should we be worried?
“I’m worried about everything,” Wozniak replied. “I don’t think we can stop it, though.”
But, everything about you — I mean, they can measure your heartbeat with lasers now, they can listen to you with a lot of devices. Who knows if my cellphone’s listening right now. Alexa has already been in the news alot.
So, I worry, because you’re having conversations that you think are private… You’re saying words that really shouldn’t be listened to, because you don’t expect it. But there’s almost no way to stop it. People think they have a level of privacy they don’t. Why don’t they give me a choice? Let me pay a certain amount, and you’ll keep my data more secure and private then everybody else handing it to advertisers.
Wozniak was also asked if we should “get rid of Facebook and Instagram…” His reply?
“There are many different kinds of people, and some the benefits of Facebook are worth the loss of privacy. But to many like myself, my recommendation is — to most people — you should figure out a way to get off Facebook.”
“Steve knows what he’s talking about,” explains TMZ’s write-up of their conversation, adding that “the dude co-founded Apple, and he’s very much plugged into Silicon Valley and all aspects of tech.”