Big Brother wants to know all about you…..the BBC’s collection of personal information as you register for the iPlayers was passed off as a an attractive positive that meant they could personalise and tailor their service to you and your watching habits. Of course it was mainly a means to try and force you to sign up to the licence fee had you not done so but it does have its potential for the gathering of personal information about you and it seems the BBC want to go even further…..From the Telegraph….
Future BBC iPlayer could tell who is in the room and notice when the children have gone to bed
The BBC is developing a new version of the iPlayer that harnesses artificial intelligence, with the potential for your television to ‘spy’ on the household and tell who is in a room.
As part of the corporation’s quest to “personalise” its services, it has joined forces with Microsoft to build an experimental version of iPlayer.
The prototype uses voice recognition technology, allowing users to talk to their television. When a user says, ‘Show me something funny,’ it presents a list of comedy programmes. It responds to the question, ‘What’s going on in the world?’ by automatically playing the BBC News channel.
Cyrus Saihan, the BBC’s head of digital partnerships, distribution and business development, outlined his vision of the service’s future when the technology has caught up.
“There could be interesting scenarios in a typical family setting,” he said.
“Just by listening to the voices in the room, your TV could automatically detect when there are multiple people in the living room, and serve up a personalised mix of content relevant to all of you in the room.
BBC experiments with voiceprints
There could be interesting scenarios in a typical family setting too. Just by listening to the voices in the room, your TV could automatically detect when there are multiple people in the living room, and serve up a personalised mix of content relevant to all of you in the room. When your children leave the room to go to bed, BBC iPlayer might hear that the children are no longer there and then suggest a different selection of content for you and your partner. All of this personalisation could happen without anyone having to press a button, sign in and out or change user profiles.