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Intel 'Bleep' Software Filters Out Toxic Slurs in Voice Chats as You Game

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Tired of online gamers shouting racist or sexist slurs as you play? Intel is preparing to roll out a new program that can help users automatically filter out abusive language from their in-game voice chats. 

The program, called Bleep, uses the AI processing on board Intel-powered PCs to remove the slurs before you have to hear them. Intel showed some screenshots of Bleep during the GDC Showcase event, though it did not provide a demo. But based on the images, it appears Bleep can recognize and immediately removed offensive words in a chat in real-time. 

Bleep software interface

Credit: Intel

What you’ll hear when a word is redacted remains unclear. But you’ll be able to control how much toxic language is filtered out, and for what categories, including “misogyny,” “swearing,” “ableism and body shaming,” “white nationalism,” and the “N-Word,” among many others.

Bleep software interface

Credit: Intel

Intel originally debuted the concept for Bleep two years ago. To create the program, the chip maker partnered with Spirit AI, a company that’s been developing tools to identify and remove text-based abusive language in gaming sessions.

At the time, the project was still an early prototype. Now Intel says it’s preparing to release the program as a beta. “While we recognize solutions like Bleep don’t erase the problem, we believe it’s the step in the right direction, giving gamers a tool to control their experience,” said Intel Vice President Roger Chandler. 

We’ve reached out to Intel to see if the company can provide more information on its availability, and we’ll update the story if we hear back. During the presentation, Chandler said Bleep uses the AI acceleration on the “latest-generation Intel laptops and desktops platforms.” So you may need a newer system to use the program.

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