Smartphones will soon start to behave as intelligent entities that know how we feel and what our emotions are, as well as being able to predict ways to improve our lives.
Vincent Spruyt from Argus Labs said the company is working on technology that knows what mood you are in and how that’s likely to change.
The artificial intelligence will not just be confined to smartphones, but phones will act as a gateway for predicting our emotions.
During a talk at Internet World in London, he said that the company is currently working on a radio player for a major entertainment company that can pick what song plays next based on your mood.
“You could have an intelligent car. A car that knows you are a very assertive drive and plays the correct music to try and calm you down when it knows there is a traffic jam ahead,” Spruyt said.
The technology could be used by advertisers and those wanting to provide products to people who are in certain moods.
This may include drinks machines that provide you with something that will stimulate you if you are feeling tired.
Other possible uses include predicting what you’ll write in SMS messages and how you will sleep that night.
The technology, a deep learning system, is based around three different components.
It uses data provided by the user, sensor data from a smartphone, or other gadget, and also their own algorithms. Argus Labs currently has an easy to use context-aware API and SDK.
Spruyt said it is possible to pick up a lot of signs about a person’s mood from the way they use their smartphone.
For example when we are annoyed we may touch the screen of our device with more force and when we are in a good mood we may move the phone around more.
When this is combined with data about our locations and routines, as well as social media data, it is possible for Argus’ software to determine our mood and also predict what they may be like in the future.
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At present, according to Spruyt, smartphones are just a “form factor” and something that we are used to.
Even though wearables are redefining what the smartphone is it will probably always act as a gateway between other kinds of sensors.
He said: “A Smartphone should be more than just a phone it should be a smart agent. It should proactively try and think what you think and feel what you feel.”
The more a person uses the framework the better it becomes for them and more it knows about them.
However, there are ethical considerations, as well as the obvious privacy ones, that need to be taken into account.
He said it is ethically difficult to decide whether to play songs based on the current mood of an individual or the upcoming predicted mood – as this could change a person’s mood.
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