Campaigners call for Spotify to disavow ‘dangerous’ speech recognition patent

May 5, 2021 Off By OUHBsujLSQ

Campaigners today demanded that Spotify renounces a patent for speech recognition tech that recommends music based on someone’s “emotional state, gender, age, or accent.” The patent, which was granted on January 12, outlines a method of using audio signals picked up by a microphone to infer the user’s mood and social setting. It also details ways of identifying their age, accent, and gender by analyzing their voice. The campaigners say the tech is “dangerous, a violation of privacy and other human rights, and should not be implemented by Spotify or any other company.” [Read: 3 new technologies ecommerce brands can use to…

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