Tarry for the Nonce

August 15, 2005

Spotting Silver-Tongued Devils

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 7:45 pm

Dave Rumoro has drawn my attention to the Jerk-O-Meter:

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing software for cell phones that would analyze speech patterns and voice tones to rate people — on a scale of 0 to 100 percent — on how engaged they are in a conversation . . .

For now, the Jerk-O-Meter is set up to monitor the user’s end of the conversation. If his attention is straying, a message pops up on the phone that warns, “Don’t be a jerk!” or “Be a little nicer now.” A score closer to 100 percent would prompt, “Wow, you’re a smooth talker.”

Oh, I can think of a few select uses for these.

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