Revised Proposal: With the increasing number of computing devices that we are connected to on a daily basis, I feel that it is important to evaluate what the user interface of the future may look like. We have many human-like interfaces today such as Siri, Cortana, Alexa and more, and each of these have likely evolved in some way from the the concepts of Alan Turing and the original chatbots like E.L.I.Z.A. We have also seen a possibility of the future of interfaces in movies like Her where our operating system comes to life.
My project will explore these possibilities and will be aimed at creating a human-like interface that anyone with a mobile phone can interact with. Our society has come to rely on txt messaging as one of our primary methods of communication, so what better way to emulate a human than to be able to send a message to my connected chatbot and receive a response. I will try to incorporate typical human behavior in the interactive experience, and use artificial intelligence to to emulate a more human-like relationship.
My project is entitled Emodo Bro, which is a name representing "emotionally diverse objects" and will start with a virtual brother, or "bro" for short. My project will study the typical interactions between an older brother and younger sibling (which could be a younger brother or sister). So if you've ever wished that you had a big bro, or you just need some emotional support from someone, Emodo Bro will be standing by waiting to hear from you.
Original Proposal: I would like to design and implement a new way for people to emotionally communicate with each other, a new way that communicates more from the heart. To achieve this, I will develop an iPhone app called Emodo that will analyze certain parameters of the communication (such as heart rate from Apple Watch, speech volume and patterns, the chosen vocabulary, etc...) and then attempt to determine the sender's current emotional state.
Emodo will expand its knowledge through machine learning by collecting data and accepting feedback from its users. For example, after Emodo's analysis is performed, the user is asked to reveal their true emotional state, which is stored and compared to Emodo's hypothetical result. This will allow the emotion recognition algorithm to improve its success rate over time.
When using the Emodo app, anyone will be able to know exactly how the other person feels during every point in the communication. Emodo will encourage deeper friendships and build stronger relationships.