In fact Microsoft Kinect camera cannot be turned off in the new XBox, according to Prisjakt.nu. This means that Microsoft films every room with the new XBox all the time, according to Prisjakt.nu.
I am wondering why an electronic company even makes stuff that cannot be totally turned off? I.e. not many TV’s can be turned off. Stand-by is a waste of energy, a totally non sustainable way of looking at the world. Microsoft and all other companies without a real turn off bottom (a majority of them I would think) should be ashamed for not removing such functions as standby! Make real turn off bottoms. All TV-manufacturers should make turn off buttons. I try to turn off as much as possible. Not the refrigerator and freezer, of course. But in those I also have A-class, that is less energy-consuming.
But if we all had solar panels to run our houses we would save the energy crisis for fridges, refrigerators, air coolers and air heaters one step. Then again we would need to make passive houses, these are cool or warm without the need for energy. And even if we have would sustainable energy, we still need to make things last for a longer time. Technical development should have focus on energy-saving and removing dangerous materials from the world. Also they should focus on making things from renewable energy and material sources, not non renewable materials and energy. This is what the world should focus on in development, not money. We will lack resources in the future if we don’t do as I suggest. This is just a few of my ideas in this article. You have to read all content on my blog for additional ideas of a sustainable world. All my ideas on the blog for future technologies are free for you to invent!
The best thing is of course not to have neither cameras or microphones…. but then you cannot be globally connected the same way as the others.