Section Notes 2 Threats Get Real
Casey Hawke is a semi-professional threat caster based around her software quality career and worry for the computing field. Her imaginative powers create “innovation for evil” scenarios that dramatize effects of flaws within complex technical, economic, and human systems.
Then threats get real! A bad day in DellVille exercises her skills and demonstrates her expertise. Synthetic speech products have emerged from the assistive technology market to become a weapon for violence that erupts from social rifts propagated by the Great Trickster. Worse, communities dependent upon complex communication networks are unprepared for attackers as well as system failures.
DellVille becomes a testbed for possible terrorism responses. The threat-aware, Cassandra Hawke advises town protectors and survives a day of events which lead her deeper into her resurrection of Consequential Reasoning using the operating system of her Whisperer.
Keywords: threat cast; vocal terrorism; synthetic speech; text-to-speech; assistive technology; logic programming;speak-ao; Code Red
History: British terrorism prediction; first synthetic speaker; fake face AI; Northern Ariona network outage;
- “Vocal terrorism” was described in 2008 by BBC and Nature. Economist magazine tracks research and applications related to synthetic speech. Science Daily reports on “vocal fraud”.
- Apple Corporation incorporates text-to-speech for accessibility as well as a reading feature. “Speech synthesis” (Wikipedia) powers a mature industry. Apple devices use Voice Over, illustrated by the Reading app Voice Dream, a voice store, and companion text Scanner. Text-to-speech educational technology helps students read and absorb information, together with human spoken requiring preparation resources.
- Northern AZ experienced a major outage in 2015 when a trunk line from Phoenix to Northern AZ was cut, somewhere in the desert. Similar attacks were reported on other occasions in Northern California. one predicted threat was communication disruption at a major football game. A history of environmental terrorism conceptualizes Earth first version of Northern AZ outage.
- ‘Code Red’nationwide emergency notification system contains databases of personal contact information for use by local and regional public safety departments. A text or phone message broadcasts events like the DellVille communication outage.