LINGUIST List 14.3226

Mon Nov 24 2003

Media: NYT: Voice Authentication Trips Up the Experts

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  1. Karen Chung, NYT Article: Voice Authentication...

Message 1: NYT Article: Voice Authentication...

Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 01:50:38 +0800
From: Karen Chung <>
Subject: NYT Article: Voice Authentication...

There's an article, dated November 13, 2003, on the current state of
voice authentication technology in the Technology section of the New
York Times online, entitled:

Voice Authentication Trips Up the Experts
by Anne Eisenberg

 Some snippets:

 Computer-based applications of speaker recognition are gradually
expanding, and already include intelligence gathering and telephone
transactions, in which sellers reduce the risk of fraud by making sure
that the voice on the line is in fact that of the credit card's
owner. ... Some of the researchers say they are finding the task
harder than they had expected. ... accuracy has been hampered by
many difficulties, from the differences in telephone connections and
microphones to the inherent variability of the human voice. "Voice
characteristics vary with your age, your metabolic state, your
emotional state and all the ways you can say 'yeah,' " Dr. Doddington

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 Karen Steffen Chung

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