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Part consultancy, part thinktank, part social enterprise, Halcyon helps you prepare for and respond to personal, organisational and societal change.

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Halcyon monitors change for more than 150 key elements of life.

What's Changing? - Listening



Please see below selected recent listening-related change.


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October 2020


September 2019

  • Reports revealed that contractors had reviewed voice recordings for Apple’s SiriAmazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant. Whistleblowers revealed they had overheard private discussions between doctors and patients, sexual encounters, business deals and more. The voice assistants in our homes, cars and pockets were often summoned accidentally, and although anonymous, these revelations confirmed a common fear shared by many in today’s interconnected, always-on society... that maybe, someone really is always listening in on us, claimed the Future Today Institute (FTI).
  • Smart speakers, audio recorders built into our various gadgets, digital phone assistants and a host of advanced AI technologies means we often come into contact with persistent audio surveillance systems. This is especially true in public areas. China has already deployed networks of speakers that eavesdrop on conversations to extract meaning. In 2018, Walmart patented technology to listen in on the interactions between store guests and employees, as well as ambient noise: clothing being moved on and off racks, items being selected from shelves, and the clicking sounds we make on our mobile devices. All of this noise can be used to hunt for insights, added FTI, warning that under a worst-case scenario big tech and consumer device industries would collect and store our conversations surreptitiously, anonymise and sell it to developers who would then allow others access to our voice data: business intelligence firms, market research agencies, polling agencies, political parties and individual law enforcement organisations. Consumers would have little to no ability to see and understand how their voice data are being used and by whom. 


August 2019

  • The Art of Deep Listening argued that, despite the fact that 55% of our time is spent listening, deep listening is a skill that only 2% of people really grasp. The book argues that we can practice and apply deep listening, and doing so can prevent miscommunications and their effects in the workplace such as job turnover and lost sales.


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September 2018