Educational Technology

December 25, 2010

Teaching Computers To Be More Empathetic

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

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?

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