Death to om nom noms! Microsoft launches new AI to filter out annoying chewing sounds

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Chomp! Slurp! Glug! Many of us can't stand to hear our co-workers munch on the crispiest snacks and chug the fizziest drinks. Microsoft, aware of our aversion to others' chewing and smacking, is launching innovative AI to filter out cringe-inducing sounds, CNET reported (via Gizmodo).

Microsoft Teams will implement a new technology to its software that can identify your voice and filter out extraneous audio, including the hum of your neighbor's lawnmower, your dog's incessant barking -- and yes -- even you chomping through a bag of Doritos. 

"With the power of AI, Teams can remove that background noise and you can understand me very clearly," Robert Aichner, Microsoft's Principal Program Manager, said during a press demonstration while fussing with a bag of chips. According to CNET, the AI did indeed -- as Aicher promised -- filter out all extraneous noises.

The Redmond-based tech giant calls this technology "real-time noise suppression." This forward-thinking AI couldn't have come at a more appropriate time as more workplaces around the world are working from home and hopping on video calls to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a while for real-time noise suppression to be featured on Microsoft Teams; the technology won't be available until later this year. 

Until then, if you're social distancing and relying on videoconferencing meetings for work, please be more considerate of your co-workers before chomping away on potato chips and slurping your soda -- your Doritos and Pepsi can wait.

Kimberly Gedeon

Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!