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Intel's Bleep audio filter tool aims to clean up voice chat

The UI for Intel's Bleep includes a few headscratchers.


Sometimes we may have good intentions, but end up failing to be of much help on account of perspective. Intel appears to be having a similar moment with their new Bleep audio filter tool. It uses the power of AI to remove potentially offensive language from voice communications.

Bleep works with other apps on your PC to act as a virtual moderator of sorts. Intel said it “uses AI to detect and redact audio based on user preferences.” An approach like this makes sense if you have aspirations of filtering all offensive content from your PC when your kids use it while still having the option of allowing adult language after the kids go to bed.

With Bleep, you can choose to allow Some, Most, or All types of offensive speech to make it to your headphones.

What Intel’s Bleep options screen actually offers is a bit puzzling. The UI is loaded with categories for the various types of potentially offensive language with each given a slider. You can tinker with how much filtering is applied to categories such as “Aggression,” “Misogyny,” or “White Nationalism.” I’m not fully clear on the type of use case that would benefit from only permitting 25% White Nationalism, 75% Ableism, but blocks all Aggression. Unlike all the other choices, the n-word gets only a full toggle.

The ability to design and construct my own personal hate speech filter as if it were a Chipotle burrito is notable from a technical standpoint, I guess. The usual amount of garbage that comes over public voice communications in video games is already so bad that many players disable voice capability within any new games they acquire. There is a need for technology like is seen with Bleep, though Intel may need a few more passes at the presentation side of things.

Contributing Tech Editor

Chris Jarrard likes playing games, crankin' tunes, and looking for fights on obscure online message boards. He understands that breakfast food is the only true food. Don't @ him.

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