Intel’s Toxicity-Fighting Software Has A Toggle For The N-Word

Apologies we didn’t come after this one a bit sooner, but Intel made this announcement during the boring section of GDC 2021’s online showcase and nobody was really paying attention. It took Polygon to point out how several aspects of this new software have gone viral on social media to get us to take a second look. And oh boy, is it ever wild.

Intel Bleep is an AI-powered software that will not only remove toxic voice chat on the fly, but it’ll also let the user decide how much of that toxicity they want to be filtered out. And yes, there’s even a specific toggle for the N-word.

We’re not even going to go into how this software could be incredibly useful. That’s just a given at this point. Bleep wasn’t exactly shown in action, but we’re told that the name comes from the classic censor sound whenever the AI detects a bad word.

Bleep can be toggled on or off, depending on if you’re feeling risky or not I guess, but then you can also go into certain categories of hate speech to tell the AI how you’d like some random kid in Fortnite to insult you.

“Aggression” is for “negative language intended to wound the recipient,” and then “LGBTQ+ Hate” covers “hateful speech about people with different sexual orientations or gender identification.” Then there’s “misogyny,” “racism/xenophobia,” “sexually explicit language,” “swearing,” or good old-fashioned “name-calling.” Oh, and don’t forget “white nationalism,” always fun to hear that one in a friendly pick-up game.

For each of these categories, you can choose whether you want to receive “none,” “some,” “most,” or “all” of whatever the internet has to offer.

And apparently, the profanity filter can be pretty sensitive. Speaking to Polygon, Intel’s gaming solutions general manager Kim Pallister said that the word “fudge” would get bleeped if the slider if the “swearing” dial is set to maximum.

Intel recognizes that certain words aren’t necessarily hate-speech in certain contexts, so if you happen to use the N-word casually with your friends, you can toggle that specific word on or off. There doesn’t appear to be an “advanced” setting that lets you also toggle other specific words, but Bleep is still in beta, so maybe it’ll get added before the official release later this year.

Bleep is so far only compatible with Windows audio, so you won’t have to worry about an N-word toggle on the PS5 just yet.

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Actually a collective of 6 hamsters piloting a human-shaped robot, Sean hails from Toronto, Canada. Passionate about gaming from a young age, those hamsters would probably have taken over the world by now if they didn’t vastly prefer playing and writing about video games instead.

The hamsters are so far into their long-con that they’ve managed to acquire a bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo and used that to convince the fine editors at TheGamer that they can write “gud werds,” when in reality they just have a very sophisticated spellchecker program installed in the robot’s central processing unit.

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