Voice-recognition technology: Concern voiced

Voice-recognition technology: Concern voiced
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The decision by the Government to publish the Data Protection Commission’s report on the public services card fiasco is very welcome even if the idea of a national identity card, one introduced by the back door, begins to look quaint.

There are now so many reliable ways to identify an individual using technology that a physical card seems, like a chequebook, an echo of another time.

One of those, voice-recognition technology, was discussed at a conference in Dublin yesterday. Among the issues discussed were the concerns associated with voice-enabled technology and its application.

Voice technology has grown alongside the proliferation of voice control-based smart devices, making tools once almost unimaginable almost everyday.

Voice-recognition technology raises a plethora of issues: Do you own your voice? May others record it to, for whatever purpose, identify you? How long will it take in a country with often patchy broadband?

How long will it be before we can pay a bill in a remote restaurant by speaking into one gadget or another?

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