- Oct 25, 2017
I initially thought this but I've had too many moments where it made no sense.The short version is it is not a coincidence, but it wasn’t listening to your speech because that is too high bandwith an easy to detect. They know your cookies and they associate you with a huge data mining profile and then tie that in with other profiles and then actually get something that’s way way worse than a minor eavesdropping recording.
And then your brain pattern recognition kicks in and you decide it’s not just a coincidence. Which it isn’t, but it’s not actually listening to audio.
I was in a car, our roomates were talking about renting hot tub boats for the lake. I had never heard of them before. I have never googled them before or after. It was solely a conversation in our car.
A day or 2 later I get an ad for them on instagram. Bruh.
I understand how datamining, cookies, search history etc can be used for ads but this was spooky.
I also had a creepier one (but I think it was a coincidence) where during our monthly beer exchange a coworker gave me this beer. I literally never mentioned the beer by name (or searched it) just said "Cool thanks, this one looks great"
and I get an ad for them.