Speaker Recognition Systems in Hansard: Limitations and Potential for Multi-modal Solutions
Written on September, 2023
The Hansard, a verbatim report of parliamentary proceedings, is an invaluable resource for democratic governance and public scrutiny. However, the complexity of creating such a record, particularly in larger legislative bodies, cannot be overstated. One of the critical challenges lies in identifying speakers to accurately attribute statements. With the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, there are new avenues to explore for speaker recognition and diarization, but they come with their own limitations and ethical considerations. This essay aims to discuss these aspects critically, while focusing on the potential of multi-modal solutions for enhanced accuracy.