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INSTRUMENTS OF CHANGE The politics of voice and voice recognition technology
May 31, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am$20
$20 (regular) $10 (student/senior/artist)
KATHY KENNEDY Artist and Lecturer, Electroacoustics, Concordia University
DAVID CECCHETTO Assistant Professor (Critical Digital Theory), Department of Humanities, York University
COSMIN MUNTEANU Assistant Professor at the Institute for Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology (University of Toronto, Mississauga) & Associate Director of the Technologies for Ageing Gracefully lab
Voice recognition technology has existed for decades, but despite advances in audio recording much of voice recognition software has remained crude and inaccurate. Recently, however, scientists have begun to experiment with ‘deep neural networks’ or building software that emulates processes in the human brain to recognize, predict and translate speech patterns. With the commercial tech market looking toward voice-activation as an attractive functionality for consumers, what does this move towards artificial intelligence in voice recognition mean for the future of our society, both practically and philosophically?