Speech recognition is half as accurate with black speech

The top five automated speech recognition systems—used by employers and courts—make double the errors when black speakers use them, research finds.

Edmund L. Andrews-Stanford
March 26, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: science-and-technology bias race-and-ethnicity speech voice-technology

‘Surfing attacks’ could let hackers read your texts

Surfing attacks use ultrasonic waves to control your phone from afar. They could let hackers make calls or read texts, all without you knowing.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL
Feb. 28, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: featured science-and-technology hackers mobile-devices privacy security ultrasound voice-technology

How well do cops identify ‘digital evidence’?

"There's a greater degree of recognition of what to do in the scene than I would have thought..."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State
Dec. 13, 2019 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: science-and-technology crimes electronics mobile-devices police-officers voice-technology

Laser pointers can hijack your virtual assistants

Virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant are vulnerable to hijacking via "Light Commands" with as little as a regular laser pointer.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan
Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: science-and-technology hackers light security sensors voice-technology

5 things about technology give kids the creeps

What is "creepy technology" to kids? One example: A child asked a digital voice assistant if it would kill him in his sleep. It said, "I can't answer that."

Sarah McQuate-Washington
May 17, 2019 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: featured science-and-technology artificial-intelligence design fears robots voice-technology

We want chatbots to express emotions the right way

Most people in a new study preferred emotional repsonses from chatbots, but that may change depending on your beliefs about machines with feelings.

Matt Swayne-Penn State
Nov. 1, 2018 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: science-and-technology artificial-intelligence communication emotions voice-technology

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