Do You Think This Eavesdropping App Is A Good Idea?

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With all of these new apps coming out, it seems like the issue of privacy is becoming more prevalent. Should we give up our privacy for making our lives easier and maybe safer? There is this new app called “Xpression” by EI Technologies that monitors your sadness and will call your shrink if it thinks you are becoming too depressed. It eavesdrops on your conversations using voice recognition to determine your mood. What about our privacy? Let’s see how this app works.

Gizmodo reports that this app will listen to the user’s voice, cataloging moods, and dialing up your shrink if it thinks you are too depressed.  The creators of this Xpression app, EI Technologies, explain that this app will only record your pitch and not words so privacy should not be an issue. It will only work if it is constantly running that way it can always keep track of your voice. Factors that they are using to determine your depression are how loud your voice is, intensity, changes in pitch, and speaking pace. If it determines that your emotional state is dipping, it knows who to call.

Even though they say that it does not record words, but rather pitch and other factors, we are still skeptical when it comes to privacy. It seems as though technology is doing everything for us these days. It takes away from our responsibility of realizing when we need help and puts it in the hands of technology. Do you really need an app that constantly records your conversations and makes its own judgment call on if you need help? For now, the app is in its development stages and clinical trials are set to take place later this year. Keep your eyes peeled! We are curious to see where this goes. There really is an app for everything these days!

Lucas Lopvet Project Management Lucas was born and raised in France and became a US citizen in 2007. He started at JHMG as a web designer back in 2010 and progressively added managing projects and company operations to his role. Those 12 years of experience working at JHMG have given Lucas the knowledge that it takes to manage projects closely and thoroughly, by planning, organizing and managing resources for a successful result. As a front-end developer, he has extensive WordPress knowledge and experience, he has been involved in hundreds of development projects by designing, developing, deploying, maintaining and repairing sites for small/medium businesses, non-profits organizations, and more. His lifelong interest in visual art began during early childhood, his areas of expertise include graphic design, web design and logo design as well as children’s book illustrations. He keeps drawing on a daily basis for fun and sometimes painting. Lucas and his wife have 2 kids and have been living in northern Argentina since 2017 surrounded by the Andean cloud forest and colorful Toucans.

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