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Predicting Color Blindness, ADD, or Learning Disorders From Game Data

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the playing-alliance-correlates-with-small-braincases dept.

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An anonymous reader tips a story at VentureBeat about a company that helps game developers analyze data gathered from their games to detect cheaters. But now, the company says this data can also be used to determine other traits of the players, like whether they're minors, or whether they like to gamble. Their CEO, Lukasz Twardowski, expects such analysis will soon be able to reveal even more traits, like whether a player is color blind, has a developmental disorder, or has Alzheimer's disease. "'Games are the richest and the most meaningful form of human-computer interaction. ...By tracking how they play games, we can learn a lot about people,' Twardowski explained. Hesitatingly, he added: 'That will be a huge responsibility for us later on.' ... Academics have begun to take games more seriously, as a window into the human psyche. Games are addictive and immersive and are built to command hours of our time and attention. What better testbed for myriad psychological and medical conditions? A good game pushes us to our limits, challenging us to use both the analytical and intuitive sides of our brain.

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Was this article ghost written? (4, Funny)

fragMasterFlash (989911) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798433)

By Philip K. Dick?

Re:Was this article ghost written? (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798827)

Ghost. I gettit. guffaw.

Re:Was this article for Assburgers? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40799041)

So what do you like to do with hairy man-ass?

Stick your dick in it, of course!

Ender's Game (4, Interesting)

dracocat (554744) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798447)

Am I the only one whose first thought was of Ender's Game? In reality, I think the idea has been around for a while, and seems quite practical AND useful. To me the only surprising thing is that it hasn't been implemented yet. It seems like we should have had the technology to do something like this for a long time.

Detecting some of the problems early on can significantly help the child.

Re:Ender's Game (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40798539)

>Child has games and the internet and can Google or otherwise deduce that his yuppie helicopter parents are collecting data about him through his games.

>Male child because girls don't play video games until they're old enough to use video game playing to whore for boys' attention

>Child gets edgy and rebels and goes outside, away from supervision, and acquires a bicycle on the black market

>Comes back home a half-hour late for dinner with a scrape on his knee, yuppie parents flail their arms and declare their kid "out of control."
>Take him to shrink and drug him with off-label prescribed antipsychotics

>Kid docile for over 10 years

>Kid shoots the fuck up out of an Aurora, CO movie theater soon after that

America, fuck yeah!

--Ethanol-fueled

Re:Ender's Game (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40799229)

Dude! You're not supposed to sign it when you post AC.

Yellow Card! (1)

Shavano (2541114) | more than 2 years ago | (#40802433)

>Child has games and the internet and can Google or otherwise deduce that his yuppie helicopter parents are collecting data about him through his games.

>Male child because girls don't play video games until they're old enough to use video game playing to whore for boys' attention

Yellow Card: Inappropriate use of the word whoring . Whoring means the use of sex to get something other than attention, sex social power or babies. Those are the normal and legitimate uses of sex.

Carry on!

>Child gets edgy and rebels and goes outside, away from supervision, and acquires a bicycle on the black market

Editorial note: black market bicycles are the best.

>Comes back home a half-hour late for dinner with a scrape on his knee, yuppie parents flail their arms and declare their kid "out of control." >Take him to shrink and drug him with off-label prescribed antipsychotics

>Kid docile for over 10 years

>Kid shoots the fuck up out of an Aurora, CO movie theater soon after that

America, fuck yeah!

--Ethanol-fueled

Re:Ender's Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40798841)

How do you know if it is not the games causing some type of defect? I believe researchers have tried to make a claim that games can cause numerous mental issues in children. This would not be a wise way to diagnose mental issues if this is the case. I doubt you can learn anything from studying those who play video games.

This is way parents should allow there kids to play at a certain age, rather then playing based on a ESRB rating, even then paretns allow there kids to play very brutal games or there kids play the games at a friends house.

Re:Ender's Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40799197)

Come on; do you think the results would be used to help people? No. The results will be sold to the highest bidder.

captcha: plague

Looking forward to this (1)

dlb (17444) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798463)

I'd like them to help developers crank out a "Douchebag Detector" sooner than later.

Re:Looking forward to this (1, Offtopic)

camperslo (704715) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798823)

How about one that'll spot potential embarrassing political candidates?

You're in England, and want to show off your skills and leave a lasting impression. What do you do?

1) tell the locals you have no faith in their ability to put on an event

2) complain about the traffic

3) raise funds from law-breaking foreign troubled bankers while there

4) brag about promoting Mormon business in Utah using huge government subsidies

5) reveal talks with MI-6 that weren't supposed to be mentioned

6) Refer to the senior official as "Mr. Leader" because you forgot his name

7) All of the above!

MOD PARENT DOWN!!!!!11 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40799015)

Does not conform to the political fashion on Slashdot!

Re:Looking forward to this (1)

Shavano (2541114) | more than 2 years ago | (#40802449)

Pretty easy for muliplayer games. The douchebag is the one who often survives when his teammates are killed.

Minors? (1)

Jayfield (2317990) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798469)

I wonder how they figured out hot to spot minors in video games???

Re:Minors? (2)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798489)

I wonder how they figured out hot to spot minors in video games???

Easy: they're the ones who swear the most in team chat.

Re:Minors? (3, Interesting)

Sir_Sri (199544) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798767)

Language, hours of access, reaction time, friends (once you know one is a minor you can work backwards).

Kids also have certain stages of development with language and reasoning, and they will suffer from difficulties with particular challenges in sequence.

While not my research area, I'm AI development, there are people in my research group who have looked at this problem. Even with machine learning, if you have a reasonably accurate training set you can blindly pick out certain things.

Even basic stuff. Do they have a credit card in their name? If not then you don't have proof of course, but you can start to combine with other factors and start seeing a pattern of child like behaviour.

Kids will also like some much more childish games in addition to adult ones (so an 11 year old might play a game like 'campers!' just released for the iphone, and grand theft auto, whereas a 30 year old would only play grand theft auto).

Re:Minors? (1)

jimmydevice (699057) | more than 2 years ago | (#40799501)

Don't be ripping on GTA, Bitch!

Re:Minors? (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798933)

In TF2 there's often pre-pubescent engineers announcing to every player that they have a sentry and a dispenser. Some will ask if they can upgrade another's sentry ro dispenser.

It happens more often than you think.

Re:Minors? (2)

Lehk228 (705449) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798949)

def isUserAChild(user):
    if (len(re.findall("faggot|fag|homo",allChatMessages(user)))*3>len(allChatMessages(user)):
         return true
    return false

Achievement Unlocked! (4, Funny)

ftsf (886792) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798525)

You have earnt: Colourblindness!

Wear this badge of pride on your Steam Profile.

Camouflage cannot fool the colorblind (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40798555)

Something to "bear in mind" during military style games - it'd be an easy detector, right there (most likely)... I'd also like to add that though some of the colorblind (since there are varying degrees of it) cannot see the same things "normal folks" do in "lantern tests", there are other forms of those lantern tests that show the colorblind see differently - because they can see types of those tests (whereas by way of comparison, the normal sighted cannot). I wouldn't call it "seeing the world through rose colored glasses", but, definitely seeing it differently!

Re:Camouflage cannot fool the colorblind (5, Informative)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798811)

I'm red-green colorblind, and it has always been a *huge* problem with games.

Also with graphs and slides. When people use color coding in graphs I often can't tell which line or bar is which. Likewise when people plot data on maps by coloring the regions - annoys the heck out of me when I'm reading something interesting and can't process the graphical data display. For slides, same problem as graphs but worse - sometimes I literally don't see one or more of the lines on a graph projected as a slide.

As for camoflage, folklore has it that during WWII a bomber was flying over the Pacific and one of the crew, colorblind, spotted an enemy ship that none of the others could see even when he pointed it out. But he convinced them to fly down for a closer look, and then they saw it.

Possibly colorblind people are more attuned to value (lightness/darkness), since that's information we can reliably process. Very often I can only spot food stains on shirts if they are darker or lighter than the material.

Re:Camouflage cannot fool the colorblind (4, Informative)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 2 years ago | (#40799033)

Color is differentiated by hue and intensity. "Normal" vision is more hue than intensity. The common forms of color blindness is more intensity than hue. So camo is less effective. You can see if a portion of a car is repainted when others can not. Also, since people know this, traffic lights are not just red and green. The red is a darker intensity and the green is a lighter intensity. Even in black and white you can tell the difference.

I am color blind. Friends often take me to look at used cars. :)

Re:Camouflage cannot fool the colorblind (2)

Tokah (859694) | more than 2 years ago | (#40800889)

Thank you for posting this! I helped a friend with a painting job that we didn't have time to do right. When I asked her how it came out, she said it was good mostly but sometimes looked bad when the light hit parts of the wall or at certain angles. Then I visited and it looked so awful. I had assumed she was just being nice and wanted me to feel ok about it all, but no one else seemed to notice it either. You have just cleared the whole thing up for me.

Re:Camouflage cannot fool the colorblind (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40799087)

Very often I can only spot food stains on shirts if they are darker or lighter than the material.

What about cum stains?

Re:Camouflage cannot fool the colorblind (1)

Dragonslicer (991472) | more than 2 years ago | (#40803007)

As for camoflage, folklore has it that during WWII a bomber was flying over the Pacific and one of the crew, colorblind, spotted an enemy ship that none of the others could see even when he pointed it out. But he convinced them to fly down for a closer look, and then they saw it.

TIME article from 1940 [time.com] , which unfortunately now requires a subscription (it didn't when I bookmarked it).

From my own experience, I describe it to people that I don't "see color". I know that different things are different colors, and if someone asks me what color a car is, I can usually get it close to correct, but after 10 seconds, I won't remember what color a car was if I don't deliberately commit it to memory. After spending my entire life not being able to accurately tell colors, my brain just doesn't bother processing that detail.

Like other posters said, maybe people that are color blind aren't fooled by camouflage as easily because the intensity is a more important detail than the hue. I've also wondered if it has to do with the brain focusing on shapes and edges more than normal because it isn't processing color as much.

Re:Camouflage cannot fool the colorblind (2)

th3rmite (938737) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798819)

As someone who is extremely colorblind, I have two different types, I have a tendency to stay away from games that rely on color. You are right, it is like seeing the world differently I suppose, because I have absolutely no idea what the world would look like otherwise. I imagine the world is much more bland to me than to other people.

Leaky human abstractions. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40798559)

So in other words we leak information. Privacy is centered around the idea that we don't want others to know just how much we leak.

most I get but ADD? (3, Interesting)

Riceballsan (816702) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798617)

as someone who has some degree of ADD, I have to wonder how a video game would detect it. In general someone with ADD has less focus in many areas of life, but in many cases other activities can lead to a more solid focus, and in many cases, video games are one of those cases. Unless they intentionally make parts of the game extremely boring, I can't quite see that working.

Re:most I get but ADD? (4, Interesting)

Sir_Sri (199544) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798781)

With a camera you can track peoples vision. You can correlate reaction time to what's going on in game, all sorts of stuff. Games actually work very well for people with ADD because they have a constant stream of rewards keeping you focused on the task. One of the things we worry about when talking about game addiction is that it's not so much addiction as it is one of the few problems people will naturally pay attention to if they have ADD. The logical follow on to that comes from training people at various stages of brain development to behave that way (by giving them rewards), and then having games be a causation problem. Not that we know if that's actually happening yet, but that's certainly something people who do research in this area are worried about.

There are a few other tangential symptoms how quickly you get frustrated that sort of thing. Those can actually be tracked, the more sensitive the controller (if it has a gyroscope in it) the more easily you can figure out if the player is mashing buttons particularly hard, that sort of thing.

Re:most I get but ADD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40799333)

I have fully diagnosed ADHD and I am 31 years old.

I am not convinced that a video game could detect (with any certainty) or predict whether an individual has ADD/ADHD. The disorder has been found to be predominantly genetic. I have a number of siblings who are also affected by the disorder. We all have varying interests in video games. I myself find them to lack stimulus so can't play very long without being bored/frustrated. My brother on the other hand can play without moving for an unhealthy period of time. Another brother of mine is similar to me, where video games do not trigger stimulus but the guitar does, so he spends his entire day playing jazz.

Each person is unique in how the symptoms can manifest and what stimulates their brain.

Re:most I get but ADD? (3, Informative)

Sir_Sri (199544) | more than 2 years ago | (#40801759)

with any certainty

Well there's the question. If you can get 75 or 80 % accuracy in an academic setting (Which is not too hard to achieve) that may not be all that useful in a commercial environment where having a 20% error rate might completely wreck the experience.

Unfortunately all of this stuff falls under 'human testing' where I am. We wanted to do a (really short) experiment to see how different coloured icons effected a players ability to remember what an ability was. Once we realized it was something like 70 pages of paperwork and a lot of money for oversight, and this was a class project, not a research project, we basically threw our hands in the air and said fuck it, not worth it. When you are dealing with people with learning disabilities you have to worry (a lot) about anonymizing the data, making sure there's no way this could get out etc. You have to prove your experiment couldn't cause further harm to someone who has an LD etc. Honestly the rules are a bit overzealous for this kinda stuff, but that's what we have to do.

Believe it or not, the symptoms of ADHD can be quantified pretty well. You need a large data set, and you do end up with a situation where sleep deprivation mimics ADHD symptoms, so you could easily not be able to distinguish between the two. But you can track the symptoms of problems well. For colour blindness it's really really straightforward to test. Different specific problems will be more or less easy to try and detect of course.

Re:most I get but ADD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40804619)

I understand where you are coming from.

I guess my point is that with ADD/ADHD, there is always going to be the possibility that the game testing doesn't work for certain individuals. If it adds another tool to provide evidence for the diagnosis and doesn't become used as a single point of failure, then there is definitely benefit.

Re:most I get but ADD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40803691)

As far as I'm concerned if you were to lay off the medications and stopped all the toxic
ingredients and paid attention to getting more vitamins in your system, you would be
in better shape. Everybody has a genetic disorder as most develop symptoms when
they are exposed to quantities of Aspartame, MSG, artificial colorings, flavors and
preservatives. Your genetic disorder is you don't have the enzymes you would need to
effectively disarm these toxic food ingredients. Maybe in a few million years people can
safely ingest blue lake 20.So keep chugging the mountain dew bro.

Re:most I get but ADD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40804557)

You assume too much. Who said anything about medication? I am pretty much anti meds, especially for children (let children be children, if the disorder is really there it will be exposed for certain in adulthood). Meds for adults, well I see that as an option for some who cannot function like a normal individual. If the medication can help them lead a more normal life, then great.

I don't drink mountain dew or soft drinks. I am a fit and healthy individual (gym 3 times per week, plus active In sports) with a very good diet. My parents whom also have the disorder never grew up on the additives or preservatives you mentioned, so unfortunately your theory has some way to go. While diet may impact some, the science doesn't agree with your assessment.

Re:most I get but ADD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40816775)

play WOW or CIV, that'll solve your ADD as you will find yourself concentrating for hours on end on the game.

-kiwipeso-

Colorblind (1)

rossdee (243626) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798679)

Colorblind - someone who treats Blacks, Latinos, Asians and native Americans exactly the same as whites.

Racist (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40798725)

Racist -- someone who treats Blacks, Latinos, Asians and native Americans exactly the same as whites.

Re:Racist (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40798901)

Trollist -- someone who baits Blacks, Latinos, Asians and native Americans exactly the same as whites.

Re:Colorblind (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40798881)

Misanthrope -- someone who treats Blacks, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans exactly the same as Whites.

Defeat the Ko-Dan! (2)

eriks (31863) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798733)

Or how about that they have the necessary skills to man a gunstar and save the galaxy :)

Death Blossom FTW!

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40798771)

Can you come up with some data to pre-screen DOUCHEBAGS from joining our servers?
Cuz.... i'd pay for that. i'd pay alot for that.

Limiting out kids. And brazilians. And russians. And other eastern block peoples works pretty good for keeping DOUCHEBAGS out of a gameserver.
But it's not 100% and takes alot of work. And it does screen out the few of those who are not DOUCHEBAGS.

A 100% and automated solution would be very nice.

I'm tired of DOUCHEBAGS ruining games.

Trolls, scammers, spammers, sexual predators, griefers, just plain fucktards. There's alot of them. And their fun seems to be ruining anything anyone else is doing. Even if they can only take a textual shit into your chat.

It needs to stop someplace. And that place is going to get RICH.

well that's it... (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798821)

I'm sticking to Checkers.

Heh (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798857)

This article made me think of TF2. Sometimes players would splat a photo of boobs on the wall. It's fun watching players stop to look an get sniped.

Disturbing (4, Interesting)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798911)

The problem isn't that this personal information can be sniffed out... it's that there are no laws preventing its misuse...

Dear Customer,
We regret to inform you that your medical insurance rates will be increasing by 7.35% effective immediately due to a undiagnosed, but now pre-existing condition. Also, your car insurance will be going up by 3%, and your doctor wants to schedule a psychiatric evaluation.

Sincerely,
Your Gaming Company
P.S. We detected that you have an addictive personality and tend to be forgetful. Your monthly renewal fee has been adjusted upwards accordingly. You won't remember this.

Re:Disturbing (2)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 2 years ago | (#40799057)

So will gaming companies be subject to HIPA now?

No. (1)

L. J. Beauregard (111334) | more than 2 years ago | (#40801149)

There are profits to be made!

"You have been diagnosed with... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40798931)

free thinking, a re-education consultant will be at your door shortly."

Yeah, unless the games are made explicitly for this I want no part of it. The thought of this applied to all games is horrifying.

DDO was way ahead of them (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | more than 2 years ago | (#40798989)

I know in Dungeons and Dragons Online, they could predict with near 100% certainty that someone was color blind whenever they posted on the forums that they can't complete a puzzle in a quest because it's color coded, and that they were color blind, rofl.

heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40799223)

Wow! I am not really that surprised that they found a way to analyze the data. Wait till Adsense gets ahold of this technology. heh

Knew about this for a long time (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40799329)

Game servers running the actual backends of multi-player games and servers to do with PSN purchases and box updates
make up maybe 25% of what goes on in a sony playstation network datacenter. Most of the storage and CPU cycles go to
analytics. Similar percentages are to be expected for the XBox. Most of what people point out here has already been happening
for a long time. Really, by the time they tell you about something they've moved it from 'beta' to 'production' a long time ago.
So yes, your game moves are recorded and analyzed. Your preference for the sniper role and your sneaky hiding in dark
corners in multiplayer Killzone games waiting to strike is duly noted. You're a devious bastard. Your reduced reflexes on the
weekends are also noted, you're probably getting high that's why. Also your burning through a lot of children on SIMS tells
us about some of your unfulfilled needs, sorry if you find that appalling but some SIMS suffer a lot of abuse.

The future is bright and expect to see more like Playstation Move and the Kinect in your lives. There are plans to move these
to the desktop. The great advantage of the Kinect and others is we can obviously detect exactly who is playing the game
thanks to facial recognition, but we also analyze how you move down to your facial expression when the game asks you to
do something unsavory. The consumers of this data are many and most are confidential.

Thanks for playing and see you on Facebook!

Predicting Colorblindness? (1)

Required Snark (1702878) | more than 2 years ago | (#40799585)

Predicting colorblindness is like predicting that the sun rises in the east. It's not a prediction, it's a fact.

It is reasonable that they could detect colorblindness, but that's not a prediction...

open source as an add-on, cogito ero sum (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40799591)

as a teacher who gets to work with add students and other un/diagnosed kids, having an insight into their learning issues would be great help for me and them. os the thing such that it would be a bonus feature and free addon. information should be freely accessible by the user. the information would be constructive.

Southpaws (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40799727)

..can be easily identified as the first thing they do in a game after trying to move it to go into the menus and try and change the settings.

When they can't, they either spend 8hrs being hopeless or quit and take the game back for a refund.

Console Era (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40799813)

I'm afraid that if the current trend continues, the only thing games will be able to predict is the degree of mental retardation. No, really - it pains me to watch games get simplified and consolified generation after generation. Think Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory vs Splinter Cell: Conviction. Having recently played through both I was surprised to see that the rather aged former one is easily one of the best and most satisfying games I've ever played, while Conviction, despite still being a good game, simply pales in comparison as a plain, linear shooter with just some stealth elements.

"Games are the richest and the most meaningful ... (1)

instagib (879544) | more than 2 years ago | (#40800637)

... form of human-computer interaction."

Really? I thought it was JPEGs...

nothing new (1)

bitt3n (941736) | more than 2 years ago | (#40800733)

xbox live has been predicting things about my mom for years

Color blind? Hope it doesn’t read TF2 setti (1)

Kwpolska (2026252) | more than 2 years ago | (#40801041)

I am not colorblind or such. But in TF2, I have colorblind mode on to show an icon above players who are coated in Jarate. This is much more readable than looking at them. So it should not mark me as color blind just because of that tihing.

Games are not as addictive for women. (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 2 years ago | (#40801511)

May be because most game developers are men and have not found what it takes to engage women in games. May be women could be lured in by cow clicker and its clones. But that as of now, using games to understand the human psyche is likely to leave half of human race as inscrutable. But that is just the status quo. Nothing new.

Re:Games are not as addictive for women. (1)

Shavano (2541114) | more than 2 years ago | (#40802571)

Men and women have always liked different kinds of games. There's a large overlap set though. Casino games are popular with both sexes, as are mental games like Scrabble. Games oriented around traditional or stereotyped male activities (building, adventure, combat) attract mostly boys and men. Girls like games oriented around female-stereotyped activities like decorating more than boys and men do. Whether this is because they feel like it's appropriate because of the assignment of the gender roles or whether it's because of innate differences in what kind of activities are attractive to males vs. females, I don't know.

I take issue with your title. Some games are addictive to women, e.g. Farmville, Words with Friends.

Predict? (1)

Shavano (2541114) | more than 2 years ago | (#40802487)

Why was the word "Predict" used in the title. "Observe" is the correct word. One doesn't "predict" colorblindness. One observes that the individual is colorblind. They're describing the detection of conditions that already exist like colorblindness, ADD, douchebaggery, age and preferences. Maybe if they added Alzheimers. But there's a growing body of evidence that Alzheimers is a lifelong degenerative brain disorder that can be observed decades before it becomes a medical diagnosis.

you know what I find appalling? only 50 some posts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40803629)

Only around 50 some posts when we tell you what ought to get you extremely enraged!! I was expecting at least
300+ replys and a lot more outrage. So you're okay with what is essentially an automated psychological and
physiological evaluation just as long as you're entertained.
Fine, you, excluding the ones here who showed some intelligence and outrage here, deserve what you're getting
because in future this will have real life consequences for you. Like you would care, lol. I detest you robots.

Typical Lame Slashdot Headline (1)

skywire (469351) | more than 2 years ago | (#40803729)

I 'predict' that the headline writer is not fluent in English.

anecdotal? (1)

asjk (569258) | more than 2 years ago | (#40808511)

This "11-person team, primarily comprised of 20-somethings developers" contends they " can tell if you are a girl or buy, smart, dumb, old and youngcan tell if you’re a gambler or not, if a kid is color blind and confusing red and green. All this, just from a game." One has to believe that they have made numerous observations and reached conclusions but almost certainly they lack lengthy verifiable experiments to establish efficacy. I don't doubt that much they say can be shown to have value, there just needs to be more scientific rigor applied. The article is short on descriptions of what data they are seeing and how this relates to their assertions.

Psychometric authentication (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 2 years ago | (#40810781)

So maybe in the future you'll authenticate by playing a short game.

Boss: "Hey, what are you doing! I'm paying you for work, not for play!"
Employee: "We temporarily lost the network, and now I have to re-authenticate."
Boss: "Ah, OK, go on. However I wonder why we have so many network problems lately ..."

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