Researchers at the Cheriton School of Computer Science have pioneered a new method that could be used to develop more natural automated virtual assistants to help people suffering from mental illness.
Called SMERTI (pronounced smarty), the new method enables virtual assistants to use natural language and emotional cues that change depending on the relationship and situations in which they are used. The result allows for the development of virtual assistants that better connect with people they are used to help.
More than 75 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices are expected to be online by 2025. These connected devices will bring many new applications to our daily lives — everything from smart thermostats that sense and adjust room temperature independently, to cameras that monitor road congestion so traffic flows more efficiently, to high data rate sensors that will make self-driving cars possible.
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