What happens when your smart home technology takes on a life of its own? Check out or download the student guide (.doc or .pdf) below.
Imagine sitting in your living room and hearing a mysterious voice on your Amazon Ring or Google Next speakers! How do you think this could happen?
Check out this article on the Tampa Bay Times NIE Front Page Talking Points: What Consumers Need to Know About Security Camera Hacks. Based on the title, what do you think you will learn? For example, what is a hack? For example, have you heard about people hacking into computers and taking control of data? What do you think that has to do with security cameras? While you read, take note of things you think a consumer needs to know about security camera hacks.
What did you discover? How does this information impact you as a consumer? What did you learn? Based on what you learned, would you choose to buy or not to buy? Why? What is the opportunity cost of your decision?
Conduct some online research about security cameras. How does research impact buying decisions?
Now check out the news video about the same story. While you watch, take more notes.
Here are three different perspectives from stakeholders:
Ring (the company) says: "Ring believes when communities and local police work together, safer neighborhoods can become a reality." -- Yassi Shahmiri, company spokeswoman
Critic (a technology expert) says: "Ring should be shut down immediately and not brought back. The privacy issues are not fixable with regulation, and there is no balance that can be struck. They are simply not compatible with a free society." – Max Eliaser, Amazon engineer
Journalist says: "I spent a couple weeks using an Amazon Ring doorbell camera. I didn't like how it made me feel about my neighborhood, or how i thought it might make my neighbors feel about me." – Max Read, New York magazine writer and editor
Which perspective do you think most fits the evidence you found in the article, video, and other online research you conducted? Do you agree with any of the three perspectives or did you create your own perspective, based on the evidence you found? You can use the graphic organizer below to build an argument. Then, you can either write an argument essay/blog post or have a debate with some friends or family members.
Extension: What do you think the government's role should be in these types of issues dealing with consumer products?
Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.