iRobot Is Not Your Robot

To the issues of planned obsolescence one must add that of the planned exit. iRobot was just sold to Amazon, who will now provide the police with 3D maps of your house and access to camera footage just like it already does with Ring cameras [source]. A simple over-the-air update, and the robot will do the work of evil in no time. A product that was once useful is now as obsolete as they can get. You can’t even give the robot to a friend, because what kind of friend would do that?

This development serves as a reminder that, unless the hardware and software are both fully free/libre, we cannot be the ones in control.