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The Avengers S02E12 - The Big Thinker


The Avengers is a spy-fi British television series created in 1961. The Avengers initially focused on Dr. David Keel (Ian Hendry) and his assistant John Steed (Patrick Macnee). Hendry left after the first series and Steed became the main character, partnered with a succession of assistants. Steed's most famous assistants were intelligent, stylish and assertive women: Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman), Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), and later Tara King (Linda Thorson). Later episodes increasingly incorporated elements of science fiction and fantasy, parody and British eccentricity. The Avengers ran from 1961 until 1969, screening as one-hour episodes its entire run.


The Big Thinker is the twelfth episode of the second series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman. It originally aired on ABC on 15 December 1962. The episode was directed by Kim Mills and written by Martin Woodhouse.


A new cryogenic missile defence system computer, Plato, springs a deadly leak. Sabotage? Murder? Steed investigates while Cathy plays cards with sharks.

Plato is used to send out an SOS to save Cathy. Recently:

Smart speaker calls the cops on armed domestic dispute

The always listening part of the smart speaker is a cause of huge anxiety for people who read Nineteen Eighty-Four as an instruction book for future governments rather than a work of fiction. I remember at the launch event for Amazon Echo, the company made a big show of the mute button to prove that if you wanted privacy, you could easily get it. Google Home has one too – although I don’t think I’ve ever pressed either.

This constant eavesdropping has led to some strange results so far. Amazon Echo has proven to be the unlikely alibi in a murder case and has also tried to order hundreds of dolls houses on the instruction of a TV news presenter. Google Home has been targeted to be woken up by TV advertising with unfortunate results. Now an unnamed smart speaker is the hero of the hour, as it called the cops on a violent domestic dispute before things got too ugly.

ABC News reports on the case of Eduardo Barros – a man who was house-sitting with his girlfriend and her daughter in Tijeras in New Mexico. The couple got into an argument that graduated to Barros drawing a firearm and threatening to kill his girlfriend, which culminating in him saying “did you call the sheriffs?” An unnamed smart speaker system – originally misidentified as Google Home – heard the “call the sheriffs” part of the sentence, and dialled 911. Operators were able to hear the dispute as it happened and dispatched a SWAT team and negotiators to the scene. Barros was arrested on assault, battery and firearms charges.

Bernalillo county sheriff Manuel Gonzales III was full of praise for the smart home hero, saying: “The unexpected use of this new technology to contact emergency services has possibly helped save a life. This amazing technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation.”

Posted by Conspiracy Cafe on July 11, 2017 at 11:40 AM 44 Views