Just when you were beginning to think there nowhere to hide with business and social contacts expecting to reach you anywhere at any time, Samsung invents a phone that can read emotions.
So now there really is absolutely nowhere to hide. Thanks to the latest mobile technology, not even emotions will be private any more.
The new super-smart phones are designed to infer a user’s emotional state based on how the device is being used, according to US reports.
The device monitors things like the speed at which a user types, how often certain keys are used and how much the device shakes and then maps these to an emotion using machine-learning algorithms in specially-developed software.
A prototype, to be presented at the Consumer Communications and Networking Conference in Las Vegas, works as part of a Twitter client on an Android-based Samsung Galaxy S II to display symbols alongside tweets that indicate emotional state.
But there are many more potential applications, says lead Samsung researchers Hosub Lee, such as triggering different ringtones to convey the caller’s emotional state or cheer up someone who’s feeling low by playing a funny video.
Emotion intelligence may even be eventually used to provide even more personalised online services, says Lee, but the accuracy rate is still low at 67.5%, so it is no wonder Samsung is not committing to commercialising the technology just yet.
Downtime is happy for this to take years to come to fruition. Can you imagine the arguments and misunderstanding it could cause? Downtime foresees many conversations along the following lines:
“Hello, why are you feeling sad?”
“I’m not sad.”
“Yes, you are.”
“No I’m not”
“Yes, you are.”
“No I’m not….”