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AI Goes Personal

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based system that can reveal your personality type just by looking at your eye movements. The system uses machine learning (ML) algorithms to demonstrate a link between personality and eye movements. The findings showed that people’s eye movements reveal whether they are sociable, conscientious or curious, with the algorithm software reliably recognising four of the Big Five personality traits — neuroticism, extroversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness. “People are always looking for improved, personalised services. However, today’s robots and computers are not socially aware so they cannot adapt to non-verbal cues,” said Dr Tobias Loetscher from University of South Australia. “This research provides opportunities to develop robots and computers so that they can become more natural, and better at interpreting human social signals,” Loetscher added in a university statement.

The research was done by the University of South Australia in partnership with the University of Stuttgart, Flinders University and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany. Researchers tracked the eye movements of 42 participants as they undertook everyday tasks around a university campus. The study provided new links between previously under-investigated eye movements and personality traits, delivering important insights for emerging fields of social signal processing and social robotics. “There’s certainly the potential for these findings to improve human-machine interactions,” Dr Loetscher said. “Thanks to our machine-learning approach, we not only validate the role of personality in explaining eye movement in everyday life, but also reveal new eye movement characteristics as predictors of personality traits,” said the researchers.

Health and AI

Your health will play a key role in determining whether you would adopt as well as adapt to advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and gene editing, an expert has emphasized. “The healthier a person, he or she will be more likely to be open to the new beneficial thing than the less healthy person. And that openness dials up future readiness very severely,” said James L. McQuivey, Vice President, Principal Analyst, at global research firm Forrester. Openness to risk resides in the body, which then shapes the mind. “Looking ahead to the innovations coming, this means that healthier people are more likely to benefit from everything coming down the innovation pike than those who are less healthy,” McQuivey added. According to him, physical health may influence emotional health, which would lead to intellectual agility, openness to innovation and finally to technology adoption. “The product implications of this are huge, but so are the social ones, because many of the innovations about to occur will involve health and wellness. “This will make health the new digital divide: Those who have it will use technology to have more of it; those who don’t won’t,” the expert said. – Daily Pioneer

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