This software can pick a lock by sound alone

Researchers have demonstrated how software can recreate a key just by listening to the sound of it entering a lock.

House key on a house shaped silver keyring in the lock of a entrance  brown door

Lockpicking is a talent mythologized in literature and film. A discipline reserved for sleuths, spies, and thieves typically portrayed as being equal parts skill and stealth.

Though captivating to watch in movies, it turns out lockpicking, like many tasks, may not be immune to automation.