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Musicians ask Spotify to publicly abandon controversial speech recognition patent – Engadget

Access Now, along with several other groups and a collection of more than 180 musicians, are asking the company to publicly commit to never using, licensing, selling…

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At the start of the year, Spotify secured a patent
for a voice recognition system that could detect the emotional state, age and gender of a person and use that information to make personalized listening recommendations. As you might imagine, the possibility that the company was working on a technology like that made a lot of people uncomfortable, including digital rights non-profit Access Now. At the start of April, the organization sent Spotify a letter
calling on it to abandon the tech. After…

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