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Musicians ask Spotify to publicly abandon controversial speech recognition patent

11 days ago   |   By Engadget

Access Now, along with several other groups and a collection of more than 180 musicians, are asking the company to publicly commit to never using, licensing, selling or monetizing the system it patented.
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Campaigners call for Spotify to disavow ‘dangerous' speech recognition patent

11 days ago   |   By The Next Web

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...
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