Microsoft Patents Censorship?!

Don’t think it’s possible? We’re living in an age where Joe User can now have Quad-Core CPU’s and Gigabytes of memory, imagine what big corporations and governments can have. Give it a little time, the hardware probably already exists that can do it.

The marriage may not have happened yet, but Microsoft has certainly bought the engagement rings with it’s latest effort to do it’s part in keeping the little guy squashed. They’ve actually patented censorship.

Specifically, the patent is for “Automatic censorship of audio data for broadcast”. Now the guy in the broadcast booth at the radio station doesn’t have to hit the “bleep” button when somebody says a nasty word on air. Instead, he can just let M$’s new auto-bleeper get it for him.

Of course, there’s a lot more in this than just that little scenario. How about a more involved version that detects certain words and then replaces them with something else using voice samples from the person speaking so that it can even sound like them.

Don’t think it’s possible? We’re living in an age where Joe User can now have Quad-Core CPU’s and Gigabytes of memory, imagine what big corporations and governments can have. Give it a little time, the hardware probably already exists that can do it.

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