ALEXA AND GOOGLE HOME HAVE CA­PAC­ITY

TO PRE­DICT IF COUPLE ARE STRUG­GLING

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - HAVE YOU HEARD? -

Vir­tual as­sis­tants such as Ama­zon’s Alexa and Google Home have the ca­pac­ity to an­a­lyse how happy and healthy a couple’s re­la­tion­ship is, re­search has found. In-home lis­ten­ing de­vices will soon be able to judge how func­tional re­la­tion­ships are as well as in­ter­rupt an ar­gu­ment with an idea for how to re­solve it, the study said. The re­search, by Im­pe­rial Col­lege Busi­ness School, stated that within the next two to three years, digital as­sis­tants could pre­dict with 75 per cent ac­cu­racy the like­li­hood of a re­la­tion­ship or mar­riage be­ing a suc­cess. The tech­nol­ogy would reach a ver­dict through acous­tic anal­y­sis of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween cou­ples — ex­am­in­ing ev­ery­thing from ev­ery­day en­coun­ters to ar­gu­ments.

The vir­tual as­sis­tants would then be able to pro­vide re­la­tion­ship ad­vice and what re­searchers re­fer to as democratis­ing coun­selling.

Aparna Sasid­ha­ran, from Im­pe­rial Col­lege Busi­ness School, said: “AI can pick up missed cues and sug­gest nudges to bridge the gap in emo­tional in­tel­li­gence and com­mu­ni­ca­tion styles. It can iden­tify op­ti­mal ways to dis­cuss com­mon prob­lems and al­le­vi­ate com­mon mis­un­der­stand­ings based on these dif­fer­ent pri­or­i­ties and ways of view­ing the world. We could be look­ing at a dif­fer­ent gen­der dy­nam­ics in a decade.”

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