Russian Spies Can Wiretap You Using New AI That Can Read Lips Remotely
Scientists from St. Petersburg, Russia, have developed a neural network that enables a smartphone to remotely record lip-reading data and cross-reference it with sound recordings.
This technology can pick up speech that is undetectable to the human ear, providing an open communication channel for Russian authorities to spy on people without them ever knowing.
Recent advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) technology have created a new way for the Russian intelligence service to tap into smartphone conversations. Scientists in St. Petersburg, Russia, have developed a neural network that enables a smartphone to remotely record lip-reading data and cross-reference it with sound recordings.
This new technology can pick up spoken words that are undetectable to the human ear. This could provide an open communication channel for Russian authorities to spy on people without them ever knowing.
The new neural network was created by researchers from the St. Petersburg Federal Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The neural network is capable of recognizing hundreds of different commands that are heard through audio-visual signal recordings. By combining information from both sound and video sources, the neural network can pick up on words that were said remotely and with greater accuracy than would be possible with manual lip-reading or sound-only recordings.
As the neural network is exposed to more data, it is able to learn and begin recognizing patterns. This technology can be used to recognize lip movements and sound waves in order to learn how to discern spoken words accurately.
Through this technology, Russian spies can intentionally or accidentally pick up on words and conversations that were previously obscured to the human ear. This could provide Russian authorities with an advantage and pose a threat to the privacy and data security of those that don’t know their conversations are being observed.
Fortunately, the new neural network is still in the early stages of development, and scientists and researchers are still working to understand its capabilities fully. As this technology matures, it may become a powerful surveillance tool for the Russian intelligence service. All smartphone users should therefore be aware of the potential danger posed by this new AI technology and take steps to protect their data from accidental or intentional spying.
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