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Intel CTO Says Future Phones Will Sense Your Mood

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the love-your-phone-and-it-will-loive-you-back dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Ultra-smartphones that react to your moods and televisions that can tell it's you who's watching are in your future as Intel Corp's top technology guru sets his sights on context-aware computing. Chief technology officer Justin Rattner stuffed sensors down his socks at the annual Intel Develop Forum in San Francisco on Wednesday to demonstrate how personal devices will one day offer advice that goes way beyond local restaurants and new songs to download. 'How can we change the relationship so we think of these devices not as devices but as assistants or even companions?' he asked."

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can it sense this? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33595582)

I have a boner.

Can it sense emotions? (4, Funny)

acnicklas (1740146) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595626)

Will it show calming pictures on the screen while I'm raging at customer service?

Re:Can it sense emotions? (4, Insightful)

BonquiquiShiquavius (1598579) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595694)

Funny thing is, I would be happier if it concerned itself less with my current emotional state and more ensuring it just worked as it should. Considering the complexity of emotions and how differently people react to said emotions, I can't see how this could be implemented to anyone's satisfaction

Re:Can it sense emotions? (4, Funny)

JoeCommodore (567479) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595978)

One Intel Tech to Another....

"Damn, still only seeing only Frustration, must be a glitch in the software..."

Re:Can it sense emotions? (2, Informative)

rainmouse (1784278) | more than 3 years ago | (#33597894)

To quote the article "Future devices will constantly learn about who you are, how you live, work and play."
what they forget to add is that "Future devices will then sell all this information on to marketing firms, government agencies and your future employers."
Already my phone beams commercials to me because I want to use, for example the camera flash as a light, something that was until recently a standard addition function of almost every phone.

Re:Can it sense emotions? (2)

Cornwallis (1188489) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596852)

Agreed. I'm still waiting for a "smartphone" that is smart enough to work as a phone without dropping calls.

Re:Can it sense emotions? (2, Funny)

mlts (1038732) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595808)

Nope, more likely it will call the police when it senses what you want to do to the person on the other end of the line after you just transferred for the fifth time, been on hold for six hours, and have everyone from your boss to the CEO staring you down at your desk.

Re:Can it sense emotions? (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595954)

What will it do when I get pissed at the buggy software and throw it against the wall so hard that it breaks? Not that I've ever done that of course....

Re:Can it sense emotions? (2, Funny)

modecx (130548) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595858)

To hell with that: I want the phone belonging to the asshole driver in front of me, who happens to be having a very involved conversation, all the while driving 15 in a 35mph zone, and splitting the lanes of a two way street to feel *my* emotions. In other words: if the phone had pants, it'd activate vibrate mode and proceed to shit 'em.

If Intel could figure that out, I'd give 'em a high five or something.

Re:Can it sense emotions? (1)

symbolset (646467) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595872)

Will it come with a built-in tazer so when I see Bing search come up I can use it on my Verizon rep?

Re:Can it sense emotions? (1)

dicobalt (1536225) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596540)

Will it show me calming pictures when I'm talking to yet another upset customer who thinks yelling at me will help? J/K LOL I quit that sucky job! :P

Re:Can it sense emotions? (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#33597128)

It shows a wooden doll with a long nose, or as we say a virtual ombudsman.

--

Numbers with names. 20/5 a case.

Long Past Ridiculous (4, Insightful)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595628)

We have gone long past ridiculous in what we are having our "phones" do (and why do we even bother to call them phones anymore). Sheesh. A mood phone? I thought mood items went out in the 80s.

Re:Long Past Ridiculous (1)

T Murphy (1054674) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595652)

I'm confused too. I was convinced Microsoft had the patent on feature creep, and I don't remember hearing about them licensing it out to the cellphone companies.

Re:Long Past Ridiculous (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595846)

I was convinced Microsoft had the patent on feature creep

They tried to file for that patent but Uncle Sam had prior art [wikipedia.org] on it.....

Re:Long Past Ridiculous (2, Funny)

txoof (553270) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596814)

Here comes Clippy, Cell Phone edition! It's a new extortion strategy. Clippy senses your anger at it's inability to do anything and offers you a sweet deal: $9.99 to automatically shut him off.

Give it a chance (4, Interesting)

gregrah (1605707) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596198)

There are technologies that we take for granted today that would have seemed preposterous only a few years ago. For example - if someone told me five years go that Google was working on technology to predict what I am searching for, and display the results before I can finish typing - my response would have been "I'll believe it when I see it". Now, after using real-time search for a week, I am sure there will be a time when I expect every search engine to deliver results in real time as I type.

I can understand being skeptical about the "mood sensing mobile phones" being discussed in this article. But to get all bent out of shape about a technology that doesn't even exist yet, and that you will not be obligated to use if it ever is created - I just don't see the point.

After thinking about this technology for a couple minutes, here's one potential use that I might like to see. If you're driving and listening to music at the same time, and the device senses that you are overwhelmed with information (you're lost, for example, and looking for a specific street) - it could lower the volume on your radio to help you think. Nothing earth shattering - just a simple incremental improvement over my car radio today, which is smart enough to raise and lower the volume based on my current speed (another example of a feature I never thought I needed, but appreciate, and will expect to have in any car I buy from now on).

I've seen enough negative comments on this subject. Are there any other positive uses that people can imagine?

Re:Give it a chance (5, Insightful)

jheath314 (916607) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596418)

> I've seen enough negative comments on this subject. Are there any other positive uses that people can imagine?

There's a reason why the prevailing reaction to these sorts of technologies is negative... they tend to follow a paradigm of making the device "smart", when what most people actually want is for the device to be "obedient". The former tends to take control away from the user, with the device altering its behavior whether the user wants it to or not.

For example, whenever I remove the key from my car's ignition, the driver's seat moves back automatically (presumably to make it easier for an obese person to get in and out.) The "feature" annoys the crap out of me, and it became even more irritating when I once had stuff stowed behind that seat, which the seat proceeded to crush. I've tried to disable it, but it doesn't appear to be optional. I've had to adapt my behavior in where I stow things to accommodate the damn thing, rather than the other way around. It's not the end of the world, but it annoys me enough that I'd never buy another car with that "feature" again.

I don't want my phone to predict my mood, or second-guess me, or arbitrarily alter its behavior without me telling it to. I don't want my phone to be my companion... I want it to be my dutiful slave.

Re:Give it a chance (2, Informative)

LongearedBat (1665481) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596534)

The summary being... "New features are good, as long as the user can control their use."

Could someone please mod both parent and grand-parent up, please? They're both good points and I have no mod points.

Re:Give it a chance (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33596810)

For example, whenever I remove the key from my car's ignition, the driver's seat moves back automatically (presumably to make it easier for an obese person to get in and out.) The "feature" annoys the crap out of me, and it became even more irritating when I once had stuff stowed behind that seat, which the seat proceeded to crush. I've tried to disable it, but it doesn't appear to be optional.

Just curious, what kind of car is it? This feature can almost always be disabled. On my GM pickup, I believe it was called "easy exit", and was configurable from the "driver information center" settings button.

Just trying to help... I completely agree with what you've said though. :)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2, Interesting)

TuringTest (533084) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596906)

The title car (in the book, not the movie) behaved like that. It was full of gadgets and whistles, but when it (she?) though one was useful at the current situation it wouldn't (well, almost never) launch it on its own. It just flashed some light over the appropriate handle in the control panel, and the decision to activate the feature was on the driver. Children loved it.

This is how well-mannered smart agents should behave (and no, a giant paper clip talking about nonsense does not qualify).

Re:Give it a chance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33597160)

Your companion cube cannot talk. It served you faithfully and then you incinerated it. Nice job.

Re:Give it a chance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33597382)

Hahaha, a car designed for the common American!

It remembers me to The homer , "The Car Built for Homer".

Meego related? (2, Interesting)

aliquis (678370) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595630)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQCoCnSHq94 [youtube.com]

Nokia always talked about feeling pulse and what not. Plus they and Siemens got that TV stuff going and it would be quite obvious they know who's watching that way I guess.

But maybe Intel is just talking in general / will sell sensors for everyone / whatever. But atleast Meego is still a joint Nokia and Intel (Is it just open-source or open for any player to join in and release their own Meego phones if they wanted to?)

Re:Meego related? (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595672)

No. You know what is actually related to MeeGo? Vaporware.

Re:Meego related? (2, Informative)

aliquis (678370) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596168)

No. You know what is actually related to MeeGo? Vaporware.

Whatever.

Maemo on old N900: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYnx0PUX7Do [youtube.com]
Intel & Nokia MeeGo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpUvGMGTDuQ [youtube.com]
Computex invitation for some MeeGo stuff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8sGtLPYA4w [youtube.com]
MeeGo most likely running on a tablet / atom(?): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy6FKpzEDoc [youtube.com]
Similar video, shitty quality: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvHULJ864rM [youtube.com]
Engadget video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOs3Zoq8iL8 [youtube.com]

I doubt it will happen / most likely is impossible to happen but it would had been sweet if Nokia was willing to share the whole source tree for their phones for whatever tweaks and hacks anyone wanted to bring to it. Or atleast somehow split the "internal" apps somewhere with the public source code and used unsigned firmwares so you could upgrade the OS and still run the applications which the phone shipped with or something such.

Doubt that will ever happen but it's what I want =P. I won't buy a 600 euro Android phones which may eventually not get any software upgrades :D. If they don't want to sell phones to me then fine, my Sony-Ericsson Z300 and hackintosh works to.

Was a lot more brands in those videos than I would had assumed. Wonder if we will see the apps over in KDE or that people will install MeeGo on their regular computers/tablets/... to. Time will tell.

Re:Meego related? (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596918)

So, you've linked to a bunch of promotional videos saying how great MeeGo will be. That's what vaporware is!

just imagine... (1)

kbs (70631) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595634)

I can imagine my phone ringing and saying,

"Hey, Kevin, I just noticed you're headed to The Pub. Um, it might not be a good idea to be drinking right after that breakup. Just sayin'..."

Re:just imagine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33596822)

I can imagine my phone ringing and saying,

Speaking of rings, this is old tech [wikipedia.org] , which you can pick up for a pittance [amazon.com] .

Ah the 70s...

Re:just imagine... (2, Interesting)

Jedi Alec (258881) | more than 3 years ago | (#33597682)

What would be the point of that?

Now what might be *useful* is for the phone to:
1. Call some of your friends to drink along with you.
2. Call an escort to cheer you up.
3. Call a cab to get you home at the end of the evening.

That way *you* get a fun evening(or at least a better one than sitting by yourself drinking) and the phone company gets to bill you for 3 additional calls leading to

4. Profit!

Mmmm, yeah (2, Informative)

BonquiquiShiquavius (1598579) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595646)

Do not want!

Re:Mmmm, yeah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33596148)

this is exactly what I thought when I read it. Now I love gadgets, and tech - I'm just as geeky as the next gadget-lover...but having devices that sense mood is just going too far.

I don't want an assistant, I just want a device. I don't want a device that tries to keep me happy. it just needs to work, and it needs to work the SAME WAY every time. if it changed in relation to my mood (or what it 'perceives' as my mood) that would get frustrating very quickly.

hmmm, tvs that know who's watching? no - all I can imagine is tvs with a sock over the built-in camera.

Anthropomorphizing the damned things (1)

siddesu (698447) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595670)

as "personal assistant" and what not has already started in Japan in full force.

Here's few of the "your phone is your friend" idiotic commercials from this year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIIQK1bUQzg [youtube.com]
(the pink body is the phone)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FIiu7xkcI [youtube.com]
(ken watanabe is the phone)

There were a few more, all playing the theme "your phone is your best friend".

I've no doubt this will do miracles for the improvement of the communication skills of everyone - waiting for your phone to guess the mode of the other side.

Answer (3, Insightful)

dissy (172727) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595702)

'How can we change the relationship so we think of these devices not as devices but as assistants or even companions?' he asked."

Put me in control of what it does, what info I see, and what info it shares with whom, and I might call it a personal assistant.

As long as the control remains with the media companies, it is a spam assistant plain and simple, and it's only goal is to aid in selling my eyeballs off to the highest bidder for someone's profit.

I say the answer is simple, I just don't think they want to hear it or care about implementing it in that way.

Re:Answer (2)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595806)

Like all advertising, it will first earn your trust and make you believe that you are in control. It will then begin to subvert you, changing your behavior, subtly at first, based on the psychological profile that the mothership has compiled. Your trust in your gizmo will cause you to believe that the decisions it suggests are your own, as it begins to influence your decision-making and even your personality.

Once upon a time there was paperwork involved in being part of experimental studies. In the age of google, the "search/Yes/I agree" button is your consent.

Re:Answer (4, Insightful)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595932)

How can we change the relationship so we think of these devices not as devices but as assistants or even companions?

I had a simpler answer, best illustrated by the following:

Two men were coming back from the mountains after 6 months of panning for gold. After settling up, getting some drink and fine ladies of the hour, they began purchasing provisions to go right back to work on their claim.

Towards the end the shopkeeper winked at them and said, "I think you boys have forgot these...". In their hands were two planks of wood, which each a hole lined with the softest deer fur. Not much else needed to be said and the two men were on their way.

6 months later the shopkeeper was laying out provisioning for one of them and asked, "say where's your friend?". The man replied, "Bastard took my plank one night, so I kilt him".

The moral of the story is that if we want to have a more emotional connection with our devices we might want to start figuring out how to get blowjobs from them. At that point, I would say we would be pretty damned attached to them.

 

Re:Answer (2, Insightful)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596558)

The moral of the story is that if we want to have a more emotional connection with our devices we might want to start figuring out how to get blowjobs from them. At that point, I would say we would be pretty damned attached to them.

Ah, clearly, I sense a mind of an engineer in the above... prone to generalization from anecdotal occurrences, confident the things can happen in predictable ways...

I don't have answers, but only questions, illustrated by the following joke:

The difference between a young kid and an old men: the kid believes Mr Dick is used only to take a leak; the old man is damned sure about it.

The morals of the joke:

  • generalize and you will certainly miss opportunities (like: tunning the personal assistant to the way old men are still able to feel an affective connection; with an aging population, that's a pretty large market segment);
  • forget to evaluate consequences and you may run into troubles. Like: "since when creating attachment to the personal assistant is a feature for our product? Our shareholders ask us to sell-sell-sell... but nobody wants to ditch our older model they feel so good about".

Great (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595728)

Just call it GPP (Genuine People Personalities) and be done with it.

Re:Great (3, Insightful)

Macgrrl (762836) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595750)

The Encyclopaedia Galactica defines a robot as a mechanical apparatus designed to do the work of a man. The marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation defines a robot as "Your Plastic Pal Who's Fun To Be With."

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy defines the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as "a bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes," with a footnote to the effect that the editors would welcome applications from anyone interested in taking over the post of robotics correspondent

Re:Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33596560)

Share and Enjoy! (tm)

awesome (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33595730)

Awesome, so as I work throughout my day talking to more and more customers, my computer will gradually start showing me gun shopping websites? sweet!

The brand new iShill! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33595778)

Come get your new iShill today!* We promise you it will only give advice in your best interests.**

*Message to prospective customers.
**Message to shareholders.

Not this shit again.... (3, Interesting)

ArcadeNut (85398) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595782)

Didn't we already learn that computers suck at context?

Clippy anyone?

That's right I used the "C" word!

a word from your phone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33596746)

i sense you are angry. would you like to call your ex?

Beta version only has one emotion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33595790)

horny. If you are female the phone won't stop vibrating, male it won't stop streaming youporn.

Out of touch (4, Insightful)

iONiUM (530420) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595794)

I think this is another example of how C-level execs are out of touch with what people actually want. Nobody wants a phone that won't answer phone calls because it believes it senses you're angry and doesn't want you to say something you'll regret.

Seriously, we don't want AI in our fucking phone. This isn't the first time I've seen this kind of disconnect, and it certainly won't be the last.

Re:Out of touch (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595980)

ELIZA: You seem angry iONiUM,
ELIZA:would you like to talk about it?
?

Re:Out of touch (1)

iONiUM (530420) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596112)

lol. EXACTLY. Anyways at that point I won't want to talk, I'll want to smash.

Re:Out of touch (1)

Lloyd_Bryant (73136) | more than 3 years ago | (#33597008)

lol. EXACTLY. Anyways at that point I won't want to talk, I'll want to smash.

At which point you then have to buy a new phone. I think we've identified the "profit" step in their plan...

Re:Out of touch (1)

Zadaz (950521) | more than 3 years ago | (#33597148)

I wonder if some of these press releases are to just distract from the existing product. "Damn, we're so forward thinking that we obviously don't have any problems with our current product! Look, in the future it will be a clear sphere with no buttons and can wipe your ass!"

It's the text version of putting bikini models in your ads.

And most people don't really care. They see this and they go "Intel, hunh? Neat. Next." They don't know that Intel has a very small stake in the mobile phone market, nor do they think about it enough to see the obvious flaws.

However if they can make phones that have more emotional intelligence than I have then I'd buy it. But seeing that my phone doesn't even have very good spell check I'm not holding my breath.

Re:Out of touch (1)

Jeppe Salvesen (101622) | more than 3 years ago | (#33597158)

It would be useful if the phone informed the caller that you were angry and offered the caller to go straight to the answerphone. I'm not envisioning this to be mandatory functionality, but I'd prefer getting such a message upon calling someone rather than being barked at. In real life, you can look at a person and observe their mood before engaging them in conversation. This sort of technology could/should be a matter of lowering the threshold for giving someone a call. After all, most of us prefer not to inconvenience someone, so there is a reluctance to call someone in case they're busy. Or in a bad mood.

Anyways: Application of technology matters. After all, Windows Mobile and Palm were around for a decade and got nowhere serious until Apple entered the arena and applied the existing technology in a better way. Good technology engineers is not sufficient - you also need good product engineers.

...stuffed sensors down his socks... (3, Funny)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595876)

I can suggest other places for him to stuff his sensors. ...But then, I might also suggest that he get off my lawn.

Re:...stuffed sensors down his socks... (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 3 years ago | (#33597726)

I'm not surprised. if he was doing that on my lawn, I'd tell him to get off it too.

Fundamentally bad idea (2, Informative)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595882)

The good thing about computers is that they respond to the same input identically. If you do X one day, it will do the same thing when you press X tomorrow.

Part of this is that the input is knowable. I can tell that I just pressed "d", or that I just moved the mouse 2.1 inches to the left, and I can tell by experience what that's going to do. Once you factor in things humans don't naturally know, like heart rate or blood pressure, you get a useless input device, as far as interaction goes. The only uses I can think of are highly-targeted advertisements, health/stress apps, and maybe gaming, since Valve is researching this idea as well, for much different reasons.

awesome (1)

A3gis (708791) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595884)

so as i work throughout my day, talking to more and more clients, my computer will gradually show me more and more gun shop websites? awesome! (tried posting this before but .. well i don't know what happened, the comment seemed to disappear)

Better way to change the relationship (1)

OBeardedOne (700849) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595888)

I know a better way to change the relationship, how about instead of stuffing the sensors in his socks, he stuffs them down his pants. Likely quite a bit easier to sense the emotions of his little head methinks.

Self limiting feature (1)

GaryOlson (737642) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595924)

I Don't Care If The #@! Phone Can Read My @#%ING MOOD! It Can Go TO **static*** IF **static*** My Emotions Are ****silence****

future users will adapt (2, Insightful)

Mike Kristopeit (1900306) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595942)

when an interface changes results based on a user's perceived mood, the user will adapt to maximize usefulness of the device.

so which mood does intel want to drive it's userbase towards?

Finally.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33595950)

Devices will know when they f*#@%ng annoy me right??

With the way I personifying with devices as I yell at them (part of trial and error in my book) I'd end up on some kind of watch list lol

Mood? (5, Insightful)

Strange Ranger (454494) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595968)

My mood does not reflect the list of things that I need to get done.

When I can ask my phone, just by talking into it, to schedule a meeting, invite certain people, then comb the news to see if traffic will a be worry tonight, and also send my wife a text message apologizing for being late, then report back when it's done, THEN I'll have a digital assistant. Software has barely tapped the ability to serve us with the input we're already giving it. Adding bio-sensor input and "mood detection" now is just a bell/whistle that isn't helpful to me. It's helpful to so many sales channels of which I am the target.

Now if we had these "real digital assistants" then mood awareness would be a true achievement. The text apology to my wife would make her smile lovingly while shedding a single tear.

But seriously, Intel should invest it's billions more into software. Fuel real demand for hardware rather than pimping out yet more bells and whistles.

I guess medical and fitness uses will be pretty advantageous.

I can't let you do that, Dave (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 3 years ago | (#33595982)

Anyone else getting flashback images of Hal? Or better yet.

Dave: Call ex girlfriend:
Phone: Sorry but I can't let you do that, Dave
Dave: Call boss
Phone: Sorry, Dave
Dave: *attempts to smash phone*
Phone: Let me remind you that I cost over $500, Dave, and you need me for work. I'm also smash proof and you are way too drunk to be effective
Dave: *unzips fly*
Phone: I'm not water proof, Dave. It's the 8th wonder of the Universe. No phone ever created will ever be waterproof. But I cost $500.
Dave: *urinates on phone*
Phone:No, Dave! Noooo! Mommy!! *gurgle*

(Can ya tell I'm sleep deprived?)

Call to customer care (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596020)

*whilst on hold to Intel*

Call center lacky: Hello, thanks for holding

Phone (in assistant mode): Listen lady, my man Dave has been on hold for 45 minutes. 45 minutes for crying out loud! And he's been hung up on twice and promised a call within 20 minutes that never came. Are you going to quit reading your script and help him or what? Sheesh!

Call center lacky: *hangs up*

Dave: Thanks a bunch for your help. Lesson learnt. No more Intel. Next time I'll buy Nokia.

Bipolar people will need a duo core processor (1)

joelsanda (619660) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596014)

What would be really cool is if the phone could tell us what others' moods are. You could hold the phone and scan the people in a bar, the TSA security actors at an airport, and so on.

Re:Bipolar people will need a duo core processor (1)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596452)

Yes!!! The Moore law in relation with the market segment of people suffering from schizophrenia (why stop at 2 cores when there is a niche that asks for many more?)

Orson Scott Card... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33596060)

.. will be calling his "Jane"!

Can it sense that... (1)

arekq (651007) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596126)

I hate locked phones and unlock itself?
Or that I hate the overpriced plans the phone companies are selling?

Why change the relationship? (3, Insightful)

houghi (78078) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596164)

Why would I consider a non-living object as a assistant or a companion? It is an object.

Re:Why change the relationship? (2, Funny)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 3 years ago | (#33597740)

Indeed. When it buys me flowers and wants to watch a romantic comedy while cuddling on the sofa, then it'll be a companion.

Urrr, I mean chug beers and watch the free preview.

I don't want a digital companion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33596172)

I want a digital brain lobe. But if 'companion' is what they'd call the intermediate step, whatever. I've already outsourced a lot of my brain's data storage to the internet, I find that Google often has *lower latency* than my own brain for certain types of information. I think a good start is powering devices off of human blood. I expect it to be accepted because of convenience and wait loss potential, and once people get used to that, nervous system interfacing shouldn't seem so scary.

How can this go wrong? (1)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596416)

From the "Law of unintended consequences" cycle:
  • "You honor, the mood history recovered from the phone indicates..., suggesting a clear intent. I ask the jury to convict."
  • The "social engineering art" (and I do include advertising here - most of the time, it's conning one into buying things one is better without) suddenly get access to another dimension to use/manipulate. Ah, the new refinements possible for Nigerian scammers... just delicious
  • hell, yeah! Behavioral economics/impulse trading and a new feedback loop. The fanboy-ism extended into the world of trading, in which an Intel-based gizmos can influence traders to drop AMD stocks (or Win7-running ones to sell/stop buying Google/Nokia/Apple stocks).
  • high difficulties in pushing new models to the market: people getting so "mood-ly" attached of their "old personal assistant" will impact on the capability to push new models

Feel free to add.

If this is anything like GERTY: (1)

tenco (773732) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596484)

do not want. Seriously, this robot/AI was the scariest since HAL 9000.

It would be just like Clippy... (1)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596542)

It looks like you're vaguely aroused

Would you like help?
- Undermining the self-esteem of your ex-partner, Jane Johnson? She'll be receptive to your advances when she realises she's getting older and less fertile.
- I can also vibrate softly.

Danger!!! (2, Insightful)

karabfak (1037010) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596690)

Does anyone else see just the slightest bit of danger in giving up your ability to get the content you want and having some device determine what's best for you to view at the moment? Can we say brainwashing?

Intel why be so complex (1)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596708)

How about a sim safe, any telco ready phone, linux device. No need to do much work, just roll it out.

Nonsense (1)

jandersen (462034) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596896)

How can we change the relationship so we think of these devices not as devices but as assistants or even companions?

A phone is a tool; I don't know about you, but I don't want my hammer to "befriend" me and want to get intimate.

Any phone of mine that whispers in my ear... (2, Funny)

Demerara (256642) | more than 3 years ago | (#33596946)

....."you seem a little tense, would you like me to book you a massage?" will be beaten to a pulp and thrown over the side of a bridge.

I'd like Intel to focus more on power efficiency and less on emotional claptrap.

wishful thinking... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33596950)

Unless the phone looks like Chi(Chobits), puts out, and keeps nosey corporations/governments/individuals out of my business, I'm not interested.

More importantly ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33597102)

How do we get beyond regarding these people as 'sad fsckers'? Do we want to?

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