Wildfires: Reminder smart devices don't include emergency warnings while streaming
sean at donelan.com
Sun Sep 13 03:11:21 UTC 2020
On Fri, 11 Sep 2020, Matt Erculiani wrote:
> Linking relevant past thread about devices that don't alert for
> emergencies and, of course, a heated debate on if they should:
Yep. I'm not naive. I keep saying something, because one day it will
matter, when the CEOs claim no one said anything.
I fully expect the CEOs of Alphabet, Amazon and Apple in some future
congressional hearing, after a major disaster, will follow the same
script as previous CEOs from automotive, tobacco, chemical, etc.
industries; that they are shocked and saddened, but no one ever said
something. Later, in past cases, it will turn out someone did say
something but were ignored.
True, about 100 clear-channel 50,000 watt AM radio stations still carry
emergency alerts. But its not the 1950s anymore. That's not where most
people spend their attention span. People are using streaming devices
There are cases, usually as a result of individual engineer's
bad experience during a crisis, such as Google's SOS Alerts
product for people already aware and actively looking for more
information about a crisis.
"Ten years ago, I was inside the Google office in Haifa, Israel when the
devastating Carmel Mountain fire started blazing not far from us. The
team started searching the web to learn more. And while we did find
some details confirming what we already knew—a large fire was taking
place outside of our door—we experienced a potentially life-impacting
information gap. "
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