Socialization And Home Schooling – Biggest Hacks Of 2019 – Alexa Siri And Skynet: AS HEARD ON WGAN: [01-02-19]

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Wednesdays at 7:38 means it’s time for the WGAN Morning News with Ken and Matt. Craig joins them this morning to discuss home schooling; Alexa, Siri, and Skynet; and the biggest hacks of 2019.

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Airing date: 01/02/2019

Socialization And Home Schooling – Biggest Hacks Of 2019 – Alexa Siri And Skynet

Matt Gagnon 0:00
Okay, we are back again. 736 on the WGAN Morning News with Ken and Matt and 736 on a Wednesday. Because by the way, it’s Wednesday means Craig Peterson and Craig Peterson joins us now are you Craig

Unknown 0:14
I’m doing well as you guys know, I homeschool my kids right

Unknown 0:19
well i don’t know i don’t know if Ken knows

Unknown 0:22
Don’t you have like 22 children

Unknown 0:24
well that was the start you know but yeah I only ended up with eight

Unknown 0:30
eight Matt and 17 you have a ways to go

Unknown 0:34
so so so I don’t know how to what did you get for president how to respond to that are you talking about our preschool discussion that preschool and socialization and then if you took a socialist yet

Unknown 0:46
you know you know what I found is that when then reasonably well the homeschool kids tend to be much better adjusted much better socialize and I think the majority of kids come out of regular school and and the reason why I think that’s the case in this is you know theory on my part but if the kids are dealing with adults all the time so they they learn not how to deal with six year olds or 14 year olds or temper tantrums with their classmates and how to get along with a 10 year old they learn how to get along with adults learn how to have conversations with adults and and i i really think the socialization thing is most of the most Margaret hearing

Unknown 1:36
education talk with Craig Peterson here on the web and morning

Unknown 1:40
well and by the way my kids all went on to get higher degrees and college MBAs and and science degrees and Master’s in mechanical engineering and stuff so I don’t know overachievers or maybe they’re all like your dad

Unknown 1:55
um. Perhaps perhaps

Unknown 1:58
so what’s by the way I my Echo Dot seems to be working well it is not set my information to the government yet that I noticed

Unknown 2:08
you know of

Unknown 2:09
although I it’s too early in the day to tell though I did the other day I was having difficulty working because I said Siri, do this and Siri do that in my wife said no, it’s Alexa. Not

Unknown 2:20

Unknown 2:22
really the same person. I mean, really,

Unknown 2:24
they they might be in disguise is kind of hard to tell. I set one up. I’m down in southern Florida. I’m down in Naples this morning. And I’ve been down because it was my mother’s 80th birthday. And we we put all kinds of stuff together. It was a really a lot of fun. But last night, I set up an echo doc for her as well. But she got over the holidays. And she was just absolutely amazed at what it can do. Although it does not respond to Siri. You can change its name a lot of people change it to computer so that it doesn’t when we always listen to the radio. Hello testing turn on when when someone says the Alexa word. But yeah, as far as listening, interesting artwork design. Because even though we know Amazon has designed all of their echoes, to not listen and constantly and send that up to the internet, it could be hacked. Right. That’s kind of the bottom line. That’s the scariest part because we’ve seen those types of hacks before so the bad guys could listen in. But what Amazon is done that I think is really admirable is it can only do one thing at a time. They basically in order for that microphone to be on and live and listening. It tied it in with the light that’s on the top of the Alexa. So they’re both basically on the same circuit. So if it’s listening for other than just its wake word the LED is on and now that my phone is hot in live. And it’s it’s an interesting question, an interesting problem, you know, we’ll see what happens throughout the year. And one of the articles you’ll see up on my website today is about the biggest data breaches of the year. Because you know, you’re concerned about your data. That’s why you brought up the whole Alexa thing. And if you have the Google Home, and I’m sure a lot of people got Google Home over the holidays as well. Google is doing much the same thing. They’re only sending stuff up to the cloud when you have given the wake word, but Google is keeping all of that data and the big question is what happens when that data leaks You know, we’ve had to everybody this year the top breaches, British Airways, Orbitz million people sling health 100 or 1.5 million T Mobile about 2 million my personality. 4 million people who even heard about exercise right Shaq’s Lord and Taylor 5 million The list goes on of course he gets into the really big members when you get down to the number one My Fitness Pal lost 150 million people records Marriott, which is really Starwood at the time, 500 million people and number one out of hard I don’t know if they ever heard of these guys add harsh to say Ada Jr. 1.1 billion people’s records found this is Indian residents so we’ve got to be careful but when we bring devices like these into our homes are we exposing ourselves to more problems to potentially having people listening to our conversations we know what are we doing when when the line and that’s where artificial intelligence really starts coming in and we’re going to see that this week is next week is the Consumer Electronics Show up in Vegas and that’s what we’re expecting to see a lot about at CES is machine learning a lot more a lot more artificial intelligence we already know about one artificial intelligence that was designed to take pictures and do some conversions on them that she did that went outside the rules that were established for to accomplish its game and it really cheapest and it wasn’t designed to cheat so we’ve got people like Elon Musk in the science fi sci fi writers for decades now warning that’s what’s going to happen when these artificial intelligence is really start becoming self aware,

Unknown 6:34
and Dinah Skynet happens. That’s what happens

Unknown 6:37
when that happens. Exactly. And if we’ve got Amazon Echoes in our homes in the Google Homes, and they the series what happens if a sentience essentially essentially and artificial intelligence decides to take over all that stuff? What happens if it gets access to our military systems? We already know those systems have been hacked. You know,

Unknown 7:00
where where does this all lead us to? That’s, that’s where I start getting really concerned. Now, I’ve got the Alexa I use Siri. I’m not overly concerned about them right now. But the future’s going to be an interesting one and challenging one. Look what happens or an AI starts taking over these autonomous cars that are driving around it this is going to be interesting and I’m all with Elon Musk insane. You know, we’ve we’ve got to really focus in on on Mars to get a human colony there. Because we could get wiped out by a meteorite that strikes your or an artificial intelligence, potentially. Skynet.

Unknown 7:45
Craig Peterson joins us as he does every Wednesday at this time. And being a Wednesday today’s no exception. You Craig obviously New Year, you know, people are making resolutions, everybody’s taking stock in what they do, how they act, what they what they have their phones, everything else. Should you be deleting every app like it should this be the year that you kind of put the phone down and you take you know, you unplug a little bit. And you just kind of get yourself disentangled from this little smartphone universe you’ve gotten.

Unknown 8:17
Yeah, yeah, that’s a really good point. Yeah, it might be a really good time to do it. There’s, there’s one journalist out there that had a challenge. And she decided she was going to this year not use her smartphone at all. So she was going to go back to like the 1990s, early 2000s, which wasn’t that long ago. And

Unknown 8:40
you’re 1999 was 10 years ago, right?

Unknown 8:43
Yeah, exactly. In the iPhone came out about 10 years ago, you know, downtown, and of course, is 20 years ago,

Unknown 8:51
10 years ago, 10 years,

Unknown 8:52
10 years ago was when the iPhone first came out. So it’s not that long ago, time wise. But it’s not just Facebook, who’ve got Android iOS app stores. They’ve got this app economy where these free apps are making money by selling our personal data in our location history to advertisers and to others. Because we know these advertisers are getting hacked, we know that the lot of this information is being intercepted by intelligence communities in our country and other countries. So man, it’s such a great question. And there’s an article that was published by the New York Times kind of delving into all of this, and I’ve got it up on my website as well at But, um, what should you do, I gotta tell you, just yesterday, I went through my phone, and I deleted all of the apps that I do not use regularly. Now in the iOS world. And this is true, also an Android, if you paid for an app, or you’ve got a paid app for free as a promotion, and you delete it off of your device, you still own the own that app essentially. So at a later point in time, even if you delete it off your devices, and you decide you want to use or do you need to use it, you can grab it again, and you don’t have to buy it again. So take the time to do that housekeeping because we have granted permission to some of these apps to collect data, even while we’re not using them. And iOS has updated its security policies. So you might have installed it before the new policies. Same thing with Android, new security policies. So basically, you’d be best off by the leading apps you you haven’t used in a while, probably never re installing them, and maybe even deleting apps you do use frequently. Now remember, if you delete it, now, you’re going to lose all of the customization and personalization to put into those. So you may have to reenter passwords, maybe we download things. But Matt, I think you’re right in asking the question. And I really do think that the the leading apps and I said I just did this is a very good idea and a great new year’s resolution.

Unknown 11:17
You never know when I’m going to want to play Angry Birds. I just, you know, I mean, I just don’t think I’d let go of it. Craig, I mean, they’ll be that day. I’m sitting at the airport. I got an hour wait. And I haven’t played Angry Birds in a while.

Unknown 11:30
There’s even a movie

Unknown 11:32
movie if you want to call it that. Yeah, that was that the best way would be to sign by the way go to anytime you want to get all the news that’s fit to read the text you we were talking about kids and your 27 children and screen time for children. Is this a good time to make a new year’s resolution to get your children off the computer?

Unknown 11:56
Yeah, it’s you know, when we were kids can remember all of the complaints about us getting screen Karmazin watching TV?

Unknown 12:03
Yes. And I watched TV like eight hours a day. And I turned out okay, that’s all I gotta say. Well, I don’t know, man. Yeah,

Unknown 12:14
yeah. Well, screen time has always been a little bit of a problem. But there’s new studies out of 60 minutes did a show about screen time for these young kids. And what they found is that these young children that are spending time endlessly, scrolling, texting, snapping, it really is affecting their brains. And, you know, even adults, we are being affected by these things. And the scientists did this study 21 sites around the country. They’re following more than 11,000 kids for a decade. Now. It’s a $300 million research project. And they’ve done the first wave of brain scans done 4500 kids so far. And the MRI guys are finding some significant differences already in the brains of kids who use smartphones and tablets, video games more than seven hours a day, can you imagine that versus less. And it’s very concerning, so far, the data is not going to be in all the way for another decade, frankly. But the way I look at it is, you know, it’s like a younger child, you really don’t want them using these devices a lot. And unfortunately, their brains are going to continue to develop well into their teenage years. And it’s hard to keep them away from those devices when they are teenagers. You know, all the friends are on it. Now, Heck, even schools are requiring them to have some of these devices. So we don’t know where that line is. But the younger the child is, the more you don’t want them to be on these devices. And certainly, these kids under six, I would really think twice before letting them even have that access, let alone buying them one of these devices.

Unknown 14:03
All right. Craig Peterson, our tech guru joins us as he does every Wednesday for some tech updates. Appreciate Craig, Happy 2019. We will talk to you again next week.

Unknown 14:13
Hey, gentlemen, take care of things. Thanks.


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