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Technology Sends Texts to Warn When Partner Is In Argumentative Mood


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Artificial intelligence sensors have been developed to monitor a person's vital signs, like heart rate, sweat levels, and changes in volume of voice. Couples at risk of a row are then sent a message via a smartphone to help them diffuse the situation. These include breathing and meditation exercises.

A person on their way home from work, for example, could receive an early warning about a partner being in a bad mood.

In a trial with 34 couples, the team found the sensors were able to detect signs of conflict with 79 percent accuracy, which was later improved to 96 percent.

Theodora Chaspari, a computer scientist at Texas A&M University who is part of the team developing the system, says it could be useful for couples who are attending counseling sessions as the sensor could alert their therapist to an impending row so they could intervene.

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