The Intercept published an article this week based the Snowden Archive reporting on just how advanced the National Security Agency's voice-recognition software has gotten. The answer? Nightmarishly, Black-Mirroresquely advanced.
"The NSA has developed technology not just to record and transcribe private conversations but to automatically identify the speakers."
Putting it in pop culture terms:
Yeah. Let's back that thread up a bit for context:
NSA has developed technology to identify speakers based on the unique features of their voice, much like a fingerprint...— 🤔Jake Laperruque😒 (@JakeLaperruque) January 19, 2018
But the better metaphor is "face print" since, like facial recognition, this
1) is biometric (can't be changed)
2) can be done without noitce or content 2/10
Then there are the extreme issues about mass scans. This tech could be used to locate individuals if the government hijacked a large number of mics and listened for a particular voice print 4/10— 🤔Jake Laperruque😒 (@JakeLaperruque) January 19, 2018
And there’s no equivalent to “piece of tape over the laptop camera" for this one. You can't block off every potential mic around you that could be used for voice recognition ID scans 6/10— 🤔Jake Laperruque😒 (@JakeLaperruque) January 19, 2018
But wouldn't mass audio scans be unconstitutional?— 🤔Jake Laperruque😒 (@JakeLaperruque) January 19, 2018
It's disturbingly unclear. The FISA Court has ruled that automated scanning content in the FISA 702 "Upstream" program and scanning all Yahoo emails (https://t.co/fq44tPCqzT) was NOT a search 8/10
The ramifications of this technology are profound, and we need to follow up from this report and keep digging on how this tech works, how accurate it is, how the government uses it, and what it might do in the future 10/10— 🤔Jake Laperruque😒 (@JakeLaperruque) January 19, 2018
Oy. And there's one more uncomfortable notion:
The technology has actually been in use for a bit, so far specifically to track down high-profile enemies of the state:
But when this kind of conversation must be had, the point has to be made - all it takes for this kind of tech to be applied to American citizens is for our leadership to assume an increasingly common blend of lazy and vengeful.