Today in "Cyberpunk is a warning, not a suggestion" news, Amazon has released a landlord edition of its Alexa surveillance speaker that can be forced upon tenants.
Here's Amazon's pitch: Landlord Alexa "makes it easy for property managers to set up and manage Alexa-powered smart home experiences throughout their buildings."
Satire is dead. Poe's Law rules all.
Landlord Alexa incorporates special commands that "let their residents pay rent, submit maintenance requests, and manage other things."
It also lets landlords "drop in" (Alexaspeak for "trigger the mic and camera") in their tenants' homes.
Amazon claims they've taken steps to prevent nonconsensual surveillance, but as Joanna Nelius writes for Gizmodo, there are so many trivial ways that landlords could circumvent Amazon's precautions.
I am well aware that I wrote one of the definitive texts on how evil landlords could exploit IoT devices to torment their tenants (how could I forget when so many people sent me this story!), but honestly, Unauthorized Bread was not a pitch deck.
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