Technology

Forget ID’s and passports! The future is voice and face recognition

A few seconds after a visitor read a short text on the screen, everything about him such as height, size of clothing, age, skeleton structure, health and personality issues appeared. What does the voice of personality and body type show? To find the answer strange visitors waited in a queue at an exhibition space at Summer Davos (Annual Meeting of Young Champions 2018) in Tajzin.

Of course, not all predictions are accurate, but they showed the level of a very new technology – voice analysis with the help of Artificial Intelligence – created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, based in Pennsylvania, USA.

“The voice is more unique than the fingerprint because the fingerprint does not change, but the voice explains the current state of the human being,” says Rita Singh, head of research at the Department of Informatics.

Singh and her colleagues studied human faces and recorded voices that corresponded to the faces to make the connections. They then see the results based on a range of vocal properties. Creating a voice-based profile of people can be useful to both authorities and health services.

In 2014, a similar early technology helped the United States Coast Guard find a villain who made phone pranks.

“Whatever affects the body and the mind internally will affect the voice. Perhaps one day we will be able to analyze a voice and see if this man has taken medication for pressure, an antibiotic or something like that, “Singh explains.

The Summer Davos was established in 2007 by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is held every summer in China, alternately in the cities of Tianjin and Dalian.

The three-day event entitled “The Formation of Innovative Societies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution” attracted more than 2,000 politicians, entrepreneurs, researchers and media representatives to discuss issues that shape the future, such as advanced technology applications starting with Artificial Intelligence, robot to blockchain data.

Thanks to the progress of voice, face recognition and DNA technology, keys will no longer be needed. The wallet, identity and passport will be a distant memory. This was the main topic in the interactive panel of the “Biometric World” discussion.

Robin Livingston, Special Projects-Visa, has described some prototypes that could change in the future how people are making purchases, including blood flow-based technologies with wrist demonstration, field communication, and plastic cards with built-in fingerprint recognition.

While some may think these changes seem unclear, WEF has published a list of the top 10 emerging technologies of 2018 ranging from augmented reality and personalized medicine to implantable cell-producing drugs as well as laboratory meat. For the creation of these emerging technologies, a team of scientists and experts has been selected and is likely to enter into force over three to five years.

Take, for example, the laboratory meat. Scientists claim that meat derived from cultured cells can reduce the environmental costs of meat production and eliminate the immoral treatment of animals bred for meat production.

US emerging businesses have already attracted millions in funding, although production costs are high and the results of tasting tests are mixed, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Skeptics worry that advanced technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, may pose risks to privacy and robots may steal jobs from man. Singh has warned that people should be more aware of what is happening with their data when speaking on voice recognition services as there is a risk, as he says, of having a hacker attack their voice code.

A recent survey by the World Economic Forum predicts that by 2025 more than half of today’s jobs will have been replaced by machines, as opposed to the current 29%. Such a transformation will have profound implications for the global workforce. However, overall prospects are positive, with 133 million new jobs expected to be created by 2022, compared with 75 million jobs to be replaced by machines.