Can artificial intelligence influence human behavior? A trial will find out

Two-year study will target tens of thousands of smartphone users Staff at an operations center oversee Singapore’s MRT system in this handout image. Credit: SMRT IDG News Service Nov 5, 2015 12:33 PM Researchers in Singapore this week began a two-year trial of a smartphone app that attempts to use artificial intelligence to influence the real-world decisions of users. The test is centered on shopping malls, sports stadiums and major events and will try to reduce congestion at peak times by convincing people to change or delay their travel. The several tens of thousands of people that the researchers hope will participate are supposed to provide details on the level of congestion they can tolerate on public transit, the amount of time they are willing to delay travel to avoid congestion…


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