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August 13, 2005

Beware the Jerk-O-Meter

See this AP story on a less threatening, but more intrusive, new feature for cell phones.

Bored on the Phone? Beware the Jerk-O-Meter

By Michael Kunzelman Associated Press Writer
Published: Aug 11, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Ever wonder if that spouse, friend or co-worker on the other end of the phone is really paying attention? The "Jerk-O-Meter" may hold the answer.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing software for cell phones that would analyze speech patterns and voice tones to rate people - on a scale of 0 to 100 percent - on how engaged they are in a conversation.

Posted by joke du jour at August 13, 2005 06:30 AM

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