... with or without your permission (or even your knowledge) your recorded voice will play a key role in the race to 'fingerprint' the human voice.
According to UK daily newspaper The Independent: "Fuelled by 9/11, spurred on by the advance of our digital society and made possible by raw computing power, the development of increasingly sophisticated automated speaker recognition systems [ASRS] are now bringing the prospect of a "voiceprint" enticingly close, threatening to make skilled voice scientists redundant.
"These automated systems, already widely used by police and intelligence services in mainland Europe, can in as little as fifteen minutes use a background population of voices to make a statistical judgement on the significance of any similarity or difference between the voice of the caller and that of a suspect - a judgement that could take a human fifteen hours to complete."
The newspaper cites Antonio Moreno, technical director of Spain's Agnitio Corporation which provides forensic automated speaker recognition systems. Says Moreno: "September 11 was the trigger for this as, after the attacks, the police and intelligence services realised that while there were so many recordings of the voices of the terrorists they didn't have the technology they needed to extract information from them."
The company's market-leading system Batvox, is supplied to to the police forces of more than twenty countries, including Germany and the US but not yet the in UK.
Professor Peter French, founder of the UK's leading and oldest forensic speech laboratory, JP French Associates, believes that the bugging, recording and identification of people traffickers, drug dealers and terrorists is only the beginning of this revolution.
The "great quest" is to fingerprint the human voice, French says, and "many engineers keep telling me that all they need is more time to tweak the algorithms and they can achieve full accuracy."
Marketers are also likely to be be interested, and it is only a matter of time before callers to a business or call centre (or emergency service) will be automatically identified, categorised and greeted by their 'voice-print'.
Read the original unabridged Independent article.