One huge improvement Apple could make– other than getting rid of so many bugs in the latest OS versions– would be to give a couple of useful but bleeding-edge tricks to Siri.
Names & Tears
One growing problem with Siri is Apple’s intelligent personal assistant does not know who we are. That’s right; Siri cannot easily recognize different voices.
How cool would it be if Siri could be taught a specific voice– the way Touch ID is taught a specific fingerprint, or Face ID is taught a specific voice– that could then recognize our voices out of a crowd of voices.
The technology is available. Apple bought Shazam for a reason. Sound recognition. Voices are comprised of sound waves. Recognizable sound waves. Why can’t Siri recognize us by our voices?
That brings to mind another feature that could be attached to Siri’s voice recognition.
From why I remember of too many psychology classes, emotions can be determined via both voice and face. The combination of technologies– voice recognition and face ID– might be sufficient so that Siri (the persona we give to the talking component in iPhone, iPad, and Mac) could be trained to recognize both voice and face to determine emotions.
That would be cool, right?
Wil, you seem upset again. That’s the 4th time today. Are your friends and co-workers making you angry? What can I do to help?
If you think that’s cool technology then catch this from the Artificial Intelligence Now Institute. Leo Kelion explains:
The AI Now Institute… wants such software to be banned from use in important decisions that affect people’s lives and/or determine their access to opportunities.
Why? AI Now co-founder Kate Crawford:
It claims to read, if you will, our inner-emotional states by interpreting the micro-expressions on our face, the tone of our voice or even the way that we walk
Yet, the industry is booming with many companies rolling out such technology all over the world. Whether it works well or not remains to be seen
At the same time as these technologies are being rolled out, large numbers of studies are showing that there is… no substantial evidence that people have this consistent relationship between the emotion that you are feeling and the way that your face looks.
I want to think that the combination of voice, situation, and facial recognition could help determine greater accuracy, but what do I know.
Oxygen Forensics offers such software to law enforcement agencies. COO Lee Reiber:
Ultimately, we believe that responsible application of this technology will be a factor in making the world a safer place
I would prefer that Siri be a personal intelligent assistant that helps me out rather than the first step in a new technology that can snitch on me to authorities and get me locked up in jail for a crime my face and voice says I did but didn’t really.
It would be cool, though.