It’s not like revealing birthdate, mother’s maiden name and social security number. From what you posted, I’m not sure there’s a real privacy issue here.
That view of privacy is narrow, and thankfully outdated today. One of the revelations from the Snowden and other releases is that the US and British governments (at least), track people’s metadata. Just location and time alone are incredibly telling for big brother. They can know who you meet (same location at same time), or think they know who you meet, for instance. Bad actors can use that to rob your house when you’re not home. I suggest reading up on GDPR and why that legislation was even proposed.
As per the privacy concerns about things like HVAC settings, a Nest thermostat can do that type of “training” already. If you need a high powered GPU to train on how I like my seat adjusted, radio settings and climate control then you’re doing something fundamentally wrong.
We’re talking more than rudimentary preferences here. Location/time has legit use for navigation systems that might want to predict where you’re going based on where you are and the current time/day. With driving assistance systems, how much should they learn about how you drive? You may end up with higher insurance rates because you drive more quickly than others, even though you haven’t (yet in their view) had an accident. Radio settings tell your taste and that’s valuable information for advertisers - do you want that shared? Some people will, but some people won’t.
Plus I want my preferences in the cloud so when I jump into a new car, be it a rental or vehicle as a service, the car will have detected my presence and adapted itself to my preferences before I even enter.
This isn’t AI related, but pragmatically, that’s difficult even within a single model of car since the servo used aren’t indexed, but even if that is solved, different models of cars will have different settings. There are ways to capture that information locally, encrypt it on your phone with a private key, send the encrypted data to the cloud (without the key). Then your phone can decrypt it in other vehicles.
Things like fingerprint readers or facial recognition are best done locally only, as Apple insists they do. Once that information is shared to a cloud you lose control over who has access, especially if that cloud is hacked.
Back to my original point. I’m not saying that all training needs to be done at the edge, just that more training will be performed at the edge than might be technically logical due to privacy concerns. Whether that has a big impact