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Those crazy kids over at Massachusetts Institute of Technology are taking a really odd idea and putting it into action. They are developing a Jerk-o-Meter to determine how engaged a person is in a phone call. The program analyzes variable such as speech patterns and voice tones and rates the person on a percentage scale. To be honest determining if someone is engaged in a conversation is pretty easy. Rather than develop this project, why not just ask the person on the other end of the phone if they are listening. If they say yes, then they are listening. If they say no followed by curses of some sort, then they generally aren t. MIT, hire me, sounds like I'm a scientist!

Bored on the phone? Beware Jerk-O-Meter [USA Today]