Pursuant to a FOIA request, DARPA released to EPIC documents describing a voice-to-text transcription program known as Robust Automatic Transcription of Speech, or "RATS." The agency program seeks to transform speech into text so that is can be more readily identified and analyzed. It is intended for "defense-related operations" and could be directed to private communications and public gatherings. EPIC recently challenged automatic voice transcription by Samsung televisions in an FTC complaint.
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