12 August 2005

Are you listening to me?

Forget stem cells, cloning, and new variations of taco bell burritos: the technology that absolutely must be stopped is the jerk-o-meter, being developed at MIT. According to the developers, you can attach the device to your phone to determine the other person's level of interest in the conversation.

Of course, the inventors see this device as a great way to advance mankind's highest aspirations:
The prototype version of the program runs in Linux on a phone plugged into Voice over Internet service. Once the Jerk-O-Meter is completed, in six months or so, Madan envisions selling it as software that could be downloaded off the Internet
-- a potentially useful tool for focus groups, telemarketers and salesmen.

Now that's aiming for the stars.

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