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Socially Aware Computation and Communication
March 2005 (vol. 38 no. 3)
pp. 33-40
Alex (Sandy) Pentland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Most would agree that today?s communication technology seems to be at war with human society. Pagers buzz, cell phones interrupt, and e-mail begs for attention. Technologists have responded with well-meaning solutions that ultimately fail because they ignore the core problem: Computers are socially ignorant.

A research group at MIT is taking the first steps toward quantifying social context in human communication. These researchers have developed three socially aware platforms that objectively measure several aspects of social context, including analyzing the speaker?s tone of voice,facial movement, or gestures.

Index Terms:
communication-support tools, interfaces, communications technology
Citation:
Alex (Sandy) Pentland, "Socially Aware Computation and Communication," Computer, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 33-40, March 2005, doi:10.1109/MC.2005.104
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