[Dave Birch] As I’ve mentioned a few times on the blog (eg, here), there are many reasons for thinking that voice technology (both authentication and recognition) is particularly important to the world of digital identity. There are two main reasons for my enthusiasm: the first is that my technology roadmap has mobile at the centre and there are obvious synergies between voice technology and mobile phone technology, the second is that voice can deliver a biometric suited to multi-channel, local and remote environments. Therefore I’m very pleased to be speaking at this year’s Voice Biometrics conference in London on 19th and 20th November 2008, explaining how the technology fits into a broader picture of identity management for government and business, so that I can test some of our ideas in this space on other experts in the field.

As testament to their kindness, generosity and dedication to learning, the splendid people at Opus Research have given me a complimentary delegate pass for this event — worth FIVE HUNDRED BRITISH POUNDS plus VAT of course — to give away on this blog as a competition prize. So if you are going to be in London on 19th-20th November 2008 and you’d like to come along to hear some key speakers (and me) talking about voice biometrics, all you need to do is to be the first person to respond to this thread with the name of the song that the advanced voice recognition and synthesis interface-enabled computer HAL 9000 sings when it is being shut down in the noted motion picture 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In the traditional fashion, this competition is open to all except for employees of Consult Hyperion and members of my immediate family, is void where prohibited and did not involve child labour. The prize must be claimed within one month. Oh, and no-one can win more than one of the Digital Identity Blog prizes per calendar year.

These opinions are my own (I think) and are presented solely in my capacity as an interested member of the general public [posted with ecto]


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