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afwriter
afwriter
12/29/2017 9:38:06 AM
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Re: AT&T Smart City Vision
and I'm terrible about this because I love my Amazon Echo and my smartphone is always in my hand. Still, if I found out I was being listened too at a crosswalk It'd infuriate me. I guess it's pretty hypocritical.

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Ariella
Ariella
12/29/2017 8:07:57 AM
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Re: AT&T Smart City Vision
@afwriter I get that. But I also know that in some cities -- like London -- you're likely on CC TV almost anywhere you go. Some parts of NYC are also covered by cameras. What about the fact, though, that people keep voice-activated devices in their homes and on their person? Those things can pick up whatever you say, and your smartphone can practically tell your whole life story.

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afwriter
afwriter
12/28/2017 11:10:40 PM
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Re: AT&T Smart City Vision
@Ariella you're right, but for some reason, it just seems so much more nefarious when you think about not being able to go anywhere or do anything without someone listening and watching. Much like (most) political arguments there is no right or wrong answer here it is all personal ideology. Also, it's easy to lie to ourselves out of convenience, we tell ourselves nothing bad could happen with our smartphone because we simply don't want to give them up. 

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afwriter
afwriter
12/28/2017 10:57:13 PM
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Re: FirstNet
@Ariella Thanks for the clarification. I guess at the end of the day nothing beats the old ham radio. 

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Ariella
Ariella
12/28/2017 7:12:24 PM
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Re: FirstNet
<I like the idea of the Firstnet initiative and all of the benefits it could provide. My only worry is that we would become too dependent on the system and there are a handful of scenarios where the first responders' system could be wiped out if there was a total broadband failure>

@afwriter My understanding is that it would be in additon to whatever traditional channels of communication are already in place. in other words, if the system should fail for some reason, they would still be able to use whatever they use now. 

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Ariella
Ariella
12/28/2017 7:09:38 PM
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Re: I can do without the drones
<I think they will easily replace the non-descript FBI surveillance van parked across the street. >

@afwriter while that is a possibility, there's nothing to stop drones doing that even without helping do work at heights.

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Ariella
Ariella
12/28/2017 7:08:34 PM
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Re: AT&T Smart City Vision
@dcawrey Indeed, and the more a city already has in place, the more pain there will be in having to replace it with the more advanced technology and new connected solutions.

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Ariella
Ariella
12/28/2017 7:07:33 PM
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Re: AT&T Smart City Vision
@clmoney you don't need smart cities to be snooped on. People already let cameras, sound recording, and tracking of location in by using their smartphone features and apps wherever they go, not to mention posting pics and videos on social media.

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afwriter
afwriter
12/28/2017 12:33:18 AM
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FirstNet
I like the idea of the Firstnet initiative and all of the benefits it could provide. My only worry is that we would become too dependent on the system and there are a handful of scenarios where the first responders' system could be wiped out if there was a total broadband failure. That being said, for emergencies like the terrible hurricanes we experienced earlier this year, this may be a life-saving program. 

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afwriter
afwriter
12/28/2017 12:27:21 AM
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I can do without the drones
For the most part, I am all for smart cities but I don't like the ideas of drones working on utility lines. It's not that I don't think they would work, I think they will easily replace the non-descript FBI surveillance van parked across the street. 

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