Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Do we all have a unique 'voiceprint' ?

Posted on Saturday, 16 February, 2013 | Comment icon 7 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: J. Smith

 
Ever since the events of 9/11, scientists have been trying to find a reliable way to recognize voices.

The process of determining who someone is by their voice alone is long and difficult. The need for an effective and reliable means with which to do this stemmed from recordings of terrorists involved in the 9/11 attacks who needed to be identified. Since then, automated programs capable of detecting similarities between two voices have advanced significantly however the process of obtaining and recognizing a person's unique 'voiceprint' has yet to be accomplished.

"September 11 was the trigger for this as, after the attacks, the police and intelligence services realised that while there were so many recordings of the voices of the terrorists they didn't have the technology they needed to extract information from them," said Agnitio Corp technical director Antonio Moreno.

"Fuelled by 9/11, spurred on by the advance of our digital society and made possible by raw computing power, the development of increasingly sophisticated automated speaker recognition systems (ASRS) are now bringing the prospect of a "voiceprint" enticingly close."

  View: Full article

 Source: Independent


  Discuss: View comments (7)

   


 
<< Previous story
 Meteor explodes over Russia

 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Reann on 15 February, 2013, 13:54
What about people who are able to impersonate voices? Would the technology be able to determine that somehow in some way?
Comment icon #2 Posted by shrooma on 16 February, 2013, 11:42
What about people who are able to impersonate voices? Would the technology be able to determine that somehow in some way? I once saw a programme years ago that did exactly that reann. it was about a machine that tested vocal resonance, and to test it, they fed it with the voice of mel blanc doing what he did best, voicing cartoon characters. they used bugs bunny, yosemite sam, elmer fudd, foghorn leghorn, amongst others, which all sound completely different to the ear, but to the resonance machine, they were all exactly the same! wonder why the FBI/CIA/MI5/McDonalds don't just use one of them,... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Sundew on 16 February, 2013, 13:33
I wonder about the animal kingdom as well. Consider a penguin colony where all the individuals look identical, then also consider that most birds have a very poor sense of smell. So if you discount vision and scent as ways of recognition, then that leaves sound. Possibly through their calls alone, a parent can find its chick in all the chaotic cacophony of several thousand birds calling at once. So does each chick have its own unique voice that is "imprinted" on its parents and how can they filter out all the background noise? This is also true in colonies of sea lions and seals, however mamma... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by wimfloppp on 16 February, 2013, 16:46
Iknow my wifes voice when i hear it.
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin on 16 February, 2013, 19:02
Iknow my wifes voice when i hear it. Oh yeah. and sometimes not gentle.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Reann on 28 February, 2013, 12:50
I once saw a programme years ago that did exactly that reann. it was about a machine that tested vocal resonance, and to test it, they fed it with the voice of mel blanc doing what he did best, voicing cartoon characters. they used bugs bunny, yosemite sam, elmer fudd, foghorn leghorn, amongst others, which all sound completely different to the ear, but to the resonance machine, they were all exactly the same! wonder why the FBI/CIA/MI5/McDonalds don't just use one of them, and put the money they're spending searching into housing the homeless instead....? That's interesting to know. I once wa... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Reann on 1 March, 2013, 16:51
^ yeah, by means of telephone conversations the computer which is also referred to or named " the beast " would continually listen in on phone converstations and as it discovers new voices it creates a new personal file for it. The system is designed to listen in for certain words, and is continuously active. Being that the internet is utilized by means of cable and phone lines , when clinton mentioned to watch what you say because you don't know who is listening, he may have also been referring to that particular system as well as other forms of spying.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5949964
256199
168315

 
Time is key to happiness, new study claims
7-25-2017
According to researchers, stressing out over a lack of time is a leading cause of anxiety and depression.
Eden Project UFO revealed as publicity stunt
7-25-2017
Videos and pictures of an alleged UFO over Cornwall have turned out to be part of a promotional exercise.
Moon is much wetter than previously thought
7-25-2017
Satellite data has revealed that there is water trapped all across the Moon's surface, not just at the poles.
New species of giant sunfish discovered
7-24-2017
Marine researcher Marianne Nyegaard has identified the first new species of sunfish in over 130 years.
Other news in this category
Time is key to happiness, new study claims
Posted 7-25-2017 | 4 comments
According to researchers, stressing out over a lack of time is a leading cause of anxiety and depression....
 
Robot ventures inside Fukushima reactor 3
Posted 7-23-2017 | 5 comments
Scientists in Japan have identified what could be fuel debris within the devastated nuclear reactor....
 
Scientists develop bizarre worm-like robot
Posted 7-22-2017 | 5 comments
Stanford University researchers have built a robot that can literally worm its way around anything....
 
Top US general warns against killer robots
Posted 7-19-2017 | 8 comments
General Paul Selva has spoken out about the dangers of creating fully autonomous weapon systems....
 
Why do some people have a fear of holes ?
Posted 7-13-2017 | 13 comments
Scientists have come up with a new theory to explain what causes trypophobia - the fear of small holes....
 
Monster-sized iceberg splits from Antarctica
Posted 7-12-2017 | 6 comments
One of the largest icebergs in recorded history has broken away from the world's southernmost continent....
 
China has 'teleported' a photon in to orbit
Posted 7-12-2017 | 30 comments
In a world-first, China has succeeded in using quantum entanglement to send data to a satellite....
 
Researchers invent battery-free mobile phone
Posted 7-11-2017 | 5 comments
Boffins at the University of Washington have come up with a way to remove the need for charging entirely....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ