Sometimes fighting the excesses of the creeping surveillance economy is done through position papers, coalition building and lawsuits. Other times, it’s done with sick guitar riffs and impassioned lyrics about digital freedoms.
The latter approach is how one activist, Evan Greer of Fight for the Future, has chosen to protest a recently approved patent filed by music streaming service Spotify for an artificial intelligence-based voice recognition system. The system, as described in the patent, is designed to suggest songs based on a user’s voice, mood, emotional state, gender and other variables. Such capabilities Greer and other activists have warned raise significant moral, privacy and security questions.
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