Miscellanea

From Anders Sandberg’s blog, warning signs for tomorrow. I can think of a couple of places I’d like to post the “Group Intellect” warning; “Existential Threat” may have to turn into an icon. I may have to sit down and come up with some other useful warning signs. (“Beware of Golem!”)

From Slashdot, an article suggesting that call centers may be using emotion detection software to tell when customers are annoyed. I’m not really sure what they’re doing with this; if they already have a human on-line, humans are much better at detecting annoyance than machines are. If they’re using it to identify “this person is getting pissed, move them up in the voicemail queue,” that seems like one of the worst perverse incentives I’ve seen in a while. It makes me think of Crowley’s antics from Good Omens.

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Published in: on October 20, 2006 at 20:09  Comments (23)  

23 Comments

  1. I am SO making some new icons. I really like “Chaotic System”

  2. I am SO making some new icons. I really like “Chaotic System”

  3. Your “Beware of Golem” sign idea makes me want to make warning signs for golems that read “Beware of Non-Golems.”

  4. Your “Beware of Golem” sign idea makes me want to make warning signs for golems that read “Beware of Non-Golems.”

  5. “Turing Test required to pass beyond this point!”

  6. “Turing Test required to pass beyond this point!”

  7. “Warning: Area Contains Challenging But Not Overwhelming Opponents Bearing Gold and Magic Items”

  8. “Warning: Area Contains Challenging But Not Overwhelming Opponents Bearing Gold and Magic Items”

  9. “You are in a maze of twisty passages, all alike”

  10. “You are in a maze of twisty passages, all alike”

  11. “Entering FDR Zone: Beware of Fear Itself”

  12. “Entering FDR Zone: Beware of Fear Itself”

  13. If the emotion detecting software does move you up the queue, then I need to learn how to cynically manipulate this software.

  14. If the emotion detecting software does move you up the queue, then I need to learn how to cynically manipulate this software.

  15. By being unhappy, of course. That’s the perverse incentive. 🙂

  16. By being unhappy, of course. That’s the perverse incentive. 🙂

  17. Wow, that is great.

  18. Wow, that is great.

  19. It will take some intense training to learn how to hide my exuberant joy at being placed on hold…

  20. It will take intense training to learn how to conceal my exuberant joy at being placed on hold.

  21. It will take intense training to learn how to conceal my exuberant joy at being placed on hold.

  22. Thanks!

  23. Thanks!


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