Educational Technology

December 25, 2010

Teaching Computers To Be More Empathetic

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by IRA FLATOW, National Public Radio

Now, I am sure that you have had one of these moments: You’re driving down the highway. Your GPS is telling you get off of the next exit. But you know that’s the wrong exit; the one you really want is right after that. But that little voice keeps insisting: Merge right 100 yards, turn right. And then comes the inevitable: recalibrating. Now, I don’t know about you, but it gets pretty aggravating to me, to the point where I’ve told my GPS to, let’s put it mildly, to shut up, or I have threatened to swap it out for a compass. Of course, it can’t understand your insults. But what if your GPS could sense when you were losing your patience and react, maybe try to sweet talk you a little bit, like, since it seems like you know the way, I’ll just sit back and let you drive. Gee, I’d like to hear that sometime. Wouldn’t that be something?

http://www.npr.org/2010/12/10/131967508/Teaching-Computers-To-Be-More-Empathetic

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