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AIDA May Drive You Crazy
AIDA may drive you crazy.

MIT today introduced AIDA (Affective, Intelligent Driving Agent), which I will forever think of as the world’s most annoying backseat, er, dashboard, driver. Researchers have conceived a platform comprised of an interactive robot that can tap into directions, GPS, your facial cues and your car’s inner workings to guide you safely and efficiently through the world. Why is that annoying? Because unlike your spouse telling you the fastest way to the grocery store, as a computer, it will almost always be right.

“When it merges knowledge about the city with an understanding of the driver’s priorities and needs, AIDA can make important inferences,” explains Assaf Biderman, associate director of the SENSEable City Lab. “Within a week AIDA will have figured out your home and work location. Soon afterwards the system will be able to direct you to your preferred grocery store, suggesting a route that avoids a street fair-induced traffic jam. On the way AIDA might recommend a stop to fill up your tank, upon noticing that you are getting low on gas,” says Biderman. “AIDA can also give you feedback on your driving, helping you achieve more energy efficiency and safer behavior.”

I wonder if MIT researchers can teach it to say, “I told you so!” after you fail to take its advice.