A new wearable device created by scientists at MIT could totally change how you have conversations in the future.
Researchers at MIT have created a wearable device that could completely alter the way we look at conversations by telling you how a story could be interpreted in multiple ways. So for example, if you tell your friend about an awesome new vacation you just got back from, it could tell the listener whether this was excitement or bragging.
MIT scientists wanted to find a way to detect the sentiment behind speech, and so they’ve built a wearable act that is capable of parsing conversation to figure out what kind of emotion is behind speech. The app is built into a fitness tracker so it can collect physical and speech data to examine a story’s tone when it is told, using artificial intelligence and tracking emotional changes every five seconds, according to a statement from MIT.
The researchers used a Samsung Simband with this app installed. The band monitors changes in heart rate, skin temperature and physical movements. So far, it’s been 83 percent accurate and detecting tone, the creators claim.
“Imagine if, at the end of a conversation, you could rewind it and see the moments when the people around you felt the most anxious,” says graduate student Tuka Alhanai, who co-authored a related paper with PhD candidate Mohammad Ghassemi that they will present at next week’s Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) conference in San Francisco. “Our work is a step in this direction, suggesting that we may not be that far away from a world where people can have an AI social coach right in their pocket.”