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Robot vacuum cleaners: beware of theft in the home!

How the most advanced models pose privacy risks

How the most advanced models pose privacy risks

In an article, the US magazine Chron drew attention to the privacy risks posed by the latest models of robot vacuum cleaners. In fact, the most advanced versions of this appliance increasingly use cameras to map the path of the flat so as to more easily avoid obstacles and facilitate cleaning.

But, behind this functionality, there is a big hidden problem because the ever-increasing control over the cleaning carried out by these robots inevitably requires the sharing of sensitive data to allow the artificial intelligence to do its job.

An extra resource... for burglars

An extra resource... for burglars

The robot vacuum cleaner takes pictures as it moves across the floor and uses a series of sensors to map the position of furniture and other obstacles. The images taken are sent to the app on the householder's smartphone so that he can remove the obstacle detected by the small appliance.

According to several experts, there is an underlying problem with AI-based home devices related to privacy and the possibility that data can be shared or hacked by the wrong people.

The risk of providing home invaders with 'help' to break into homes should not be underestimated.

Immune defences and the external environment

Artificial intelligence does not guarantee a healthy environment

Immune defences and the external environment

Artificial intelligence does not guarantee a healthy environment

As we have already described in detail in this article, even the latest and most innovative models of these robot vacuum cleaners do not thoroughly clean the surfaces of houses and flats.

The unpleasant possibility of having your home burgled by burglars is therefore combined with the certainty of a dirty and unhealthy environment being found by intruders.

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