The watch that tells boring people when it’s time to shut up
Worried that you’re boring your date senseless? A new smartwatch uses artificial intelligence to assess the tone of the conversation between two people, and will vibrate if it goes downhill
It could be a robotic guardian angel for anyone on a first date who fears they may be boring.
Scientists have created a gadget that is worn like a wristwatch and uses artificial intelligence to assess a conversation’s tone. It can differentiate between happy, sad and neutral, but some versions could also tell whether your delivery is boring or awkward.
It could be installed in smartphones or watches that would vibrate if the conversation went downhill during a date or interview, researchers said.
A team at M.I.T. is working on a watch that uses artificial intelligence, and then vibrates to let you know when you're being boring or talking too much.
It monitors things like your heart rate and blood pressure. And it also monitors the tone of a conversation by picking up on things like long pauses, and how often you repeat yourself.
The algorithm they're using can already tell if a conversation is "happy" or "sad" with about 80% accuracy. But right now it pulls most of the data from the person who's wearing it. They still need to make it better at analyzing multiple voices at once.
You won't be able to buy one for at least a few years. But they basically want it to be like a social coach who's with you all the time, helping you interact with people.
They think it might be really useful for things like first dates and job interviews. And it might be huge for people with autism and Asperger's, who have a hard time in social situations.