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MIT Reveals Roomba Vacuum Recorded Woman On The Toilet - Then the Images Ended Up on Facebook

• By Anthony Scott

Investigative journalist Eileen Guo revealed images of a woman sitting on a toilet found their way on Facebook after being captured from a Roomba J7.

iRobot the company that produces the robotic vacuum in a statement revealed the Roomba J7 vacuums were  "special development robots with hardware and software modifications that are not and never were present on iRobot consumer products for purchase,"

The tech company would continue and say the J7 Roombas were  only given to "paid collectors and employees who signed written agreements acknowledging that they were sending data streams, including video, back to the company for training purposes."

NEW FROM ME: I investigated the origins of 15 video stills taken from inside homes by robot vacuums and shared to social media—some featuring humans in VERY candid positions, faces clearly visible—and wrote abt the supply chain of data used to train AI.

— Eileen Guo (@eileenguo) December 19, 2022