Technology, Privacy, and Searchable Text

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Mhm. Social control. If you’re now already covering your tracks and generating enough false leads to confuse spyware and so on, please start. Not just online either; please be aware of RFIDs etc and screw with those. And teach every bored looking teenager you meet, to inflate a condom and float it gently up to cctv cameras so they block them.

Originally posted on Longreads Blog:

The Defense Department, through its Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), started funding academic and commercial research into speech recognition in the early 1970s.

What emerged were several systems to turn speech into text, all of which slowly but gradually improved as they were able to work with more data and at faster speeds.

In a brief interview, Dan Kaufman, director of DARPA’s Information Innovation Office, indicated that the government’s ability to automate transcription is still limited.

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Experts in speech recognition say that in the last decade or so, the pace of technological improvement has been explosive. As information storage became cheaper and more efficient, technology companies were able to store massive amounts of voice data on their servers, allowing them to continually update and improve the models. Enormous processors, tuned as “deep neural networks” that detect patterns like human brains do, produce much cleaner transcripts.

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