GPS with Feelings Under Development
There is, however, one thing this faithful companion can't do: be there when you really need it, emotionally, we mean. Up until now, no GPS device on this planet was capable of sensing the sadness in the touch of your finger or the joy in your voice.
However, Professor Peter Robinson, the head of emotional robotics at Cambridge University, believes he can change all that. By using smart computers, Robinson is convinced that sometime a GPS device which can react to the emotional state of the owner will be developed.
"We're building emotionally intelligent computers that can read my mind and know how I feel,” the professor was quoted as saying by The Telegraph. "Computers are really good at understanding what someone is typing or saying. But they need to understand not just what I'm saying, but how I'm saying it."
The technology behind the idea is complicated and, let's face it, boring. It involves tons of sensors, CPUs and so on. But the idea itself is, let's face it, brilliant. Just imagine: you're looking for a club in London, but the CPU detects a trace of spiritual sadness in your voice, so it advises you to go to a church instead. Pure genius!