Sunday, 21 May 2017

Speak Out, Reach Out

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No doubt you will have heard that report by a BBC reporter that his (non-identical) twin managed to blag his voice operated access to his bank account. Last week. It certainly raised concerns that Rory Bremner might be hacking Theresa ‘strong & stable’ May, Jezza Corbin, Nic Sturgeon and little Timmy Farron’s bank accounts, based on some dates of births, available via Wikipedia and some great voice impressions.

Now, I can see the benefits of voice recognition, although we are at the early stages of this technology. We have all tried ordering cinema tickets and stated ‘Stockport’ and had repeated back ‘I am sorry do you mean Stevenage’? Having your voice as your 'Password' is of course, one that cannot like a conventional one, be easily changed.

Also, even if using English, is that the queens, or regional English? Anyone who knows me, I am proudly Mancunian. Why-Aye man, maybe as problematic an accent as other regional ones


So, how secure is saying ‘My Voice Is My Password’ ?

Well, the voice identification system is designed to monitor more than 100 unique identifiers in a person’s voice. These include the cadence, accent and pronunciation, as well as sounds that indicate the shape and size of the larynx, nasal passages and vocal tract. The clever bit is that because so many aspects make up that audible signature, it should be really difficult to crack.

The recent BBC investigation is in fairness undertaken in circumstances that a regular cyber criminal would not be working under.

Voice recognition and software currently out there, can deal with simple transactions within a specific context, passing the so called ‘Turing Test

Context is key, as illustrated by a Red Dwarf episode way ahead of its time, involving foolishly repairing a ‘Talky Toaster’.  (I toast therefore I am)

Believe you me, we will be seeing much, much more of voice recognition. Anyone with Amazon Echo will be shouting commands already addressed to Alexa, to turn down the heating or play ‘Rage against the machine’.

What is more natural, keyboards (something invented only in 1890), or the human voice to instruct our technology? Clearly voice. So, this will get better and better and will be how ‘Headless Devices’ will no-doubt evolve, taking over our homes and cars. 

Read the full article here

Related Post: Protect your passwords, stay safe 


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