Facebook Wont Be Using This Creepy Ambient Audio Recording Tech

first_imgStay on target Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service Facebook is creepy enough as it is. Just think about all the ways it could get even creepier. Apparently, Facebook had previously filed a patent that would potentially be able to remotely activate the mic on your very own smartphone using “inaudible signals” broadcast via TV. Think about that for a moment and its implications. Facebook patented this tech to record the ambient noise around you while you’re watching TV. It wanted to hear you. It’s actually insane.The patent itself, according to Engadget’s Rachel England, was for software that would allow your smartphone to start recording when hearing hidden messages found in the ads on TV. That means it could then share information on the type of shows you’re watching, and your reactions to various ads, which may be the creepiest thing we’ve ever heard of.The patent application was submitted back in 2016 to turn on the mic on your phone to record certain “ambient audio” and return it to Facebook, recording a response to any ads shown on TV. It could record short bits of sound, and then share it with the massive social media company. This would help TV networks and ad executives figure out what kind of commercials and other content is working or not working, and thus Facebook could continue to offer other types of “personalized content” along with it.Credit: United States Application US20180167677Apparently, Facebook doesn’t intend to use this kind of technology, at least for now. But the fact that it’s at least applied for the patent speaks volumes about the kind of privacy invasion that the giant company is interested in exploring, even though it sounds like something ripped straight from some kind of dystopian science fiction movie.Hopefully, there isn’t any sort of alternative “recording” program coming down the pipeline, because we honestly just can’t keep doing this anymore, Zuckerberg. It’s been weird. Now it’s reaching levels of abhorrence.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img