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Robot and/or AI based flattery. Imagine people getting
authentic compliments a la Dale Carnegie from robots
that lift their mood n guide them to a more considered
state of being
Or not The idea has a peculiar flavor
The robot says I put those pictures of you up on hot or
not n you are
waaaaay above average
College students actually like your blog on Emerson
better than Ginsberg but less than Keats or "anyone lived
in a pretty cow town" which is awesome keep writing
People briefly exposed to your photo on a tft screen at a
bus kiosk dilate their pupils n smile slightly You are
visually sociably acceptable
We blended your memos with those of others n found
yours are about a third more comprehensible plus your
use of action words is correlated with efficacy. If work is
going well you are certainly contributing. If work is
going amiss perhaps its actually the project rather than
Are we feeling reassured n pleased yet? I actually think
this would be a very beneficial area of happiness studies
as people spend many hours of recreational as well as
work time computing
There might be a metric basis for authentic robotic
compliments even though there's an absence of actual
human perspective "you are thoughtful to backup your
data only a person per 20 or 30 does that" although rarity
differs from value
basically as a technology a bunch of little programs go
fishing for compliments amongst the larger WWW to
benefit their human then reprocess them n say
encouraging words which during the software
development process are measured as being effective
[beanangel, Mar 04 2009]
||[+], there's nothing stopping people from doing this themselves, but it's not the same. It remains to be seen whether this would work or not. It may or may not be possible to to maintain suspension of disbelief in complimentary robots. (pun intended)
||[+] This could be one of the parameters of a Turing test: if you believe that the computer compliment is "authentic", than it passes.
||Of course ... it might also be necessary to have the computer criticize you when appropriate to make the compliments more believable. (An "Don Rickles" insult robot?)
||"Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes it's value chiefly due to it's scarcity" ~ Proverb (Russian/Ukrainian)
||I agree with [Wily]'s proverb. If a person was to give throw away compliments they would soon loose meaning.
||Having a computer give compliments on the completion of tasks could be benificial. It could detect a series of events and have responses tagged to them, such as Save, Print, Close on a file called CV.doc could deliver a pop-up of "Well done on updating your CV, Im sure you will get whatever job you put your mind to."
||AND IT'S "IT'S" NOT "ITS"!
||Keep it down, okay? Some of us are trying to sleep here.
||If you really did good on your CV, it would be able to tell what job you are looking for.
||What does the robot look like ?
I think that I would find it difficult to say no to any device suggesting that i was "visually sociably acceptable"