I’m looking for Daas Torah on using Google Home. Is it in any way different than using Internet on a phone or computer? If it’s less likely that you will see assur things, that is?
The scenario I thought of right away is “OK Google, play ____(song title)__” and your kids hear the song they heard about on the street.
I said, “OK Google, can asking ok Google have bad results?” and it returned this thread.
If you can’t see anything, you can’t see anything bad. But you can have it mistake a song title. It’s happened before.
Since these interactive devices are captive to the internet search algorithms they are linked to, any question posed verbally can be confused and revert back with stuff you wouldn’t want your kids to see. Not much different from misspelling a search and getting back pritzus.
I would also highly recommend that you find daas Torah where it can actually be found. You won’t find it in the coffee room.
I asked Google where I can find Daas Torah?
Answer is from Wikipedia:
Daas Torah is a concept in Haredi Judaism according to which Jews should seek the input of rabbinic scholars not just on matters of Jewish law, but on all important life matters, on the grounds that knowledge of the Torah aids everything in life. In Hasidic circles, a rebbe is often regarded as having extraordinary spiritual powers and is sought for personal advice in all pursuits of life by his followers. The views and edicts of a rebbe are considered to be an expression of Da’as Torah.
Definitely not on the coffee room!!
This may be an unpopular opinion, but having an easily accessible internet connected device on at all times is just a Really Bad Idea.
If you watch TV commercials, they can trigger your device without your permission.