Apple eyes voice-unlock for iPhones

-MERCURY NEWS, 28 APRIL 2016, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

A computer scientist who helped bring Apple’s Siri to the world has invented a method for unlocking an iPhone by talking to it. The technology, revealed in an Apple patent application, would eliminate the need for a separate security step and allow users to be identified by voice at the same time they’re telling the device to perform a task.

“There are few security measures I can think of that aren’t an additional step,” said Bryant Walker Smith, an affiliate scholar at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society. “Conceivably, you might unlock simply by saying, ‘Apple, give me directions to Redmond, Washington,’ and there would be no additional steps. Cutting away that one step makes it that much easier to interact with your device as a conversational partner or assistant, where you just ask a question rather than unlock and ask it a question.” <Read More>