Apple patents on-the-fly censorship know-how

Apple patents on-the-fly censorship technology

Reuters

Apple just lately patented a software program system that may routinely detect and take away swear phrases from streamed audio tracks. The patent, dubbed “Administration, Alternative and Removing of Specific Lyrics throughout Audio Playback” scans a bit of music, compares the lyrics towards a database of banned phrases, marks any specific bits it finds after which removes the offending content material, changing it with both a beep or silence. The know-how also can, in accordance with its patent submitting, detect the background music and increase that to cowl what’s being censored. The system is not restricted to music, thoughts you, it might simply as simply be utilized to audio books. As with lots of Apple’s patents, there isn’t any phrase on when — or even when — the know-how will ever make it into an precise product.