Amazon patents ‘voice-sniffing’ algorithms

Latest news

    Amazon EchoImage copyright Amazon
    Image caption Amazon launched its Echo speakers in 2014

    Amazon says it does not eavesdrop on customers’ conversations to target advertising at them, after it emerged it had patented “voice-sniffing” tech.

    The patent describes listening to conversations and building a profile of customers’ likes and dislikes.

    Reports speculated that Amazon would deploy the technology in its voice-activated Echo speakers.

    But Amazon said it did not listen to customers’ conversations to target advertising at them.

    Launched in 2014, Amazon’s Echo speakers can play music, set a timer or read the news when addressed with the wake word “Alexa”.

    However, the patent describes an algorithm that can listen to entire conversations, using “trigger words”, such as like and love, to build a profile of customers.

    The document states the system could then offer “targeted advertising and product recommendations”.

    Image copyright Amazon
    Image caption Amazon says it does not listen to conversations

    But Amazon said it did not use customers’ voice recordings for targeted advertising.

    In a statement, it said: “We take privacy seriously and have built multiple layers of privacy into our Echo devices.

    “Like many companies, we file a number of forward-looking patent applications that explore the full possibilities of new technology.

    “Patents take multiple years to receive and do not necessarily reflect current developments to products and services.”

    Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has also denied that his firm listens to conversations in order to serve up targeted ads.

    View the original article:

    Responding to a question from Senator Gary Peters during a US Congress hearing, Mr Zuckerberg said: “You’re talking about this conspiracy theory that gets passed around that we listen to what’s going on, on your microphone and use that for ads… we don’t do that.”

    In the same category are

    Ian Tomlin: Murder charges over Battersea father’s death Image copyright Met Police Image caption Ian Tomlin was described as a "great father"Two men have been charged with murdering a father who was beaten ...
    Khashoggi ‘died after fight’ – Saudis Journalist Jamal Khashoggi died after fight in consulate, initial results of probe suggest - Saudi state TV This breaking news story is being updated ...
    European Rugby Champions Cup: Leicester Tigers 45-27 Scarlets Manu Tuilagi gained 89 metres - more than any other player on the pitch European Rugby Champions Cup Leicester (15) 45 Tries: Wells, Thompson, Kalama...
    Lewis Hamilton top in US GP second practice Listen to final practice and qualifying on sports extra and the BBC Sport website from 18:55 BST on SaturdayLewis Hamilton was fastest in both Friday...
    Russian woman charged with attempted US election meddling Image copyright Getty ImagesThe US government has charged a Russian woman for her role in a Kremlin-backed campaign to influence the US mid-term congr...
    Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi murder suspect had spy training Image copyright EPA Image caption Turkish media released CCTV pictures allegedly showing the Saudi 'hit squad' suspected of Mr Khashoggi's disappearan...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.