Lip-reading artificial intelligence could help police fight crime

If the lip-reading technology had been used during the 2006 World Cup Final, when Zinedine Zidane was given a red card for headbutting Marco Materazzi, the outcome of the game could have been different. Closer analysis of the event revealed that Zidane responded to Materazzi insulting his family. “If we’d had live lip-reading technology they probably would have both been red carded,” said Dr Helen Bear, a researcher at the University of East Anglia in Norwich who has developed a lip-reading artificial intelligence program.  The new technology can lip-read better than humans could help solve crimes by analysing speech in CCTV footage. The visual speech recognition technology can decipher human conversation in videos when there isn’t clear audio available, as is often the case with surveillance footage.  “If the police were investigating a crime and they had video evidence but the audio…

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