Microsoft patents La-li-lu-le-lo tech

Microsoft has patented an audio censoring technology with obvious application to Xbox Live. The patent covers real-time and batch analysis of audio data streams with the ability to render "undesired" words or phrases unintelligible or inaudible. Can you imagine if this power falls into the wrong hands?

The process allegedly uses sophisticated comparisons of phonemes, the little building blocks of language. Our guess: What you thought was last year's harmless flu shot was actually a nanomachine injection, obviously. Just don't be surprised when you fire up Xbox Live a few months from now to the sound of tweens screaming: La-li-lu-le-lo!

[Via ars technica; image credit: Jeff the Trojan]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.