Google and Stanford researchers developing voice recognition models for medical conversations

Google is working with researchers and physicians at Stanford University on Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) models to transcribe medical conversations. In a blog post, Katherine Chou, Product Manager and Chung-Cheng Chiu, Software Engineer, Google Brain Team say that Electronic Health Records (EHR) documentation often takes half of a doctor’s 11-hour workday, contributing to burnout. Google cites recent research published in the Annals of Family Medicine which shows that physician satisfaction and medical chart quality and accuracy improved when scribes took

Researchers find voice recognition systems easily tricked by impersonators

Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland have published a new study that reveals that it is relatively easy for skilled voice impersonators to dupe advanced voice recognition systems because they aren’t efficient in recognizing voice modifications, according to a report by V3. Though the majority of new mobile devices are integrated with built-in voice recognition and command capabilities, many of these systems fail to have adequate security mechanisms in place. As a result, these systems can be compromised by

Human Rights Watch raises privacy concerns over Chinese voice recognition program

China’s government is collecting “voice pattern” samples from its citizens to build a database for use with voice recognition technology, Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced in a fascinating article published Sunday. In collaboration with Chinese company iFlytek, which HRW says makes 80 percent of the country’s speech recognition technology, China’s Ministry of Public Security is working on a pilot project to identify the voices of targeted individuals in telephone conversations. “The Chinese government has been collecting the voice patterns of

Authentication system for wearables combines behavioral biometrics with voice recognition

Researchers from the College of William and Mary have published a first-of-its-kind study that reveals that combining voice and touch recognition may help to prevent hackers from accessing personal data, according to a report by IEEE Xplore. The researchers claim to be the first to combine behavioral biometrics from different dimensions, which includes touch gestures, with voice commands for use with wearable glasses. The study explores the development of a new continuous authentication system for increased privacy protection could make

Sensory to demo in-app AI-powered banking teller at FinovateFall 2017

Sensory will be providing the first public demo of its in-app, artificial intelligence (AI)-powered virtual banking teller at FinovateFall 2017 next week in New York City. The proof-of-concept demo and application for Sensory’s advanced embedded AI technologies provide bank and financial institution customers a virtual bank teller experience directly on their smartphones and tablets, without the need and risk of sending valuable information to the cloud. The demo application will be available for banks to test and integrate into their

Chincotech to begin live testing facial and voice recognition software in October

Japan-based biometrics technology developer Chincotech will begin live field tests for the company’s combined facial and voice recognition software in October. The company’s facial and voice recognition software has been undergoing lab tests for the past 14 months. “We have had outstanding success with our lab tests and have achieved a 99.9 percent accuracy rate when combining our biometric facial and voice recognition technology,” explained Paul Rashford, Chincotech’s head software development engineer. “The biometric fusion of voice and facial recognition

Ping An to provide AI technologies to Chinese financial services firms

Ping An Insurance (Group) plans to offer its latest artificial intelligence technologies to other financial services providers throughout mainland China, even before providing them to the company’s own subsidiaries, according to a report by South China Morning Post. Jessica Tan, chief operating officer at Ping An, said that the strategy would help “level the playing field” by enabling smaller financial services firms to compete against the country’s internet giants. Following a pilot testing at Ping An-backed peer-to-peer lender Lufax, and

Fujitsu adds cognitive technologies to service desk, will soon add voice recognition

Fujitsu has added cognitive technologies including artificial intelligence (AI) and voice biometrics to improve its next-generation Service Desk, the Social Command Center (SCC). The end result is a more versatile, intelligent, user-centric model which combines multiple support channels to provide a consistent user experience. The SCC is a centralized, modular and integrated part of Fujitsu’s Digital Workplace offerings, which helps simplify a wide range of user requests and needs. Fujitsu’s solution leverages cloud-based technologies combined with advanced machine learning and

Researchers develop prototype app that blocks voice hacking attacks

A new study by the University of Buffalo’s (UB) School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has found that voice-based smartphone apps such as Siri and WeChat can expose make you vulnerable to the growing security threat of voice hacking, according to a report on Phys.Org. Using only a few minutes of audio samples, attackers can replay your voice convincingly enough to trick people and advanced digital security systems to steal money from your bank account. A UB team of engineers

HSBC report finds UK leading in adopting biometric banking technologies

HSBC published a new report based on a survey of 12,000 people in 11 countries which found that only 46 percent of respondents trusted fingerprint recognition to replace their traditional password, according to a report by The Financial Times. The report found that despite banks’ lengthy efforts to roll out biometric authentication, many customers neither understand nor trust in the new technologies. However, the survey results found that people in the UK were far more open to adopting new biometric