Engaging conversation.

Researchers from the University of Rochester and Palo Alto Research Center are aiming to allow computers to automatically assess peoples’ engagement in a conversation by analyzing the way they speak rather than what they say.

First we hear about phones that learn about you so that they can predict what you might want to do. Now we can have phones that know how interested I am in the conversation.

Will we eventually have a phone that will just end the call if the caller is boring me? Or will the phone just know that the caller usually bores me, and just come up with a plausible excuse via ringback tone?

Could the phone eventually alter your tone to sound more interested?