Sniffing Out Online Liars, Shocking Gadgets at Geneva Inventions Fair
By Jo Anne Way
Apr 7, 2008
The Geneva Inventions Fair brings out all kinds of wild and wacky creations and this year is no different. Do you want to know if that person you just met online is really a woman, or really a man, or just someone lying about their gender? That's impossible right? Perhaps not, one new shocking invention believes it can sniff out the online liars and give computer users a small jump and perhaps even a hint on exactly who they are talking to online.
At the Geneva Inventions Fair one techie-targeted invention is an e-mail analyzer to determine whether a person met in a chat room is a man or a woman. Okay so how would this work? According to Business Week, the computer program, developed by a Malaysian university professor, analyzes e-mails according to the number of words, exclamation marks, emotions and compliments to determine if the sender is male or female.
That will immediately be met with cries of sexism but let's see what you think. Women tend to be more expressive than men, said Dianne Cheong Lee Mei, but she refused to go into detail about how the program unveils the gender of the unseen Internet partner. Exclamation Point!
There are many more would be inventions, this year, about 720 exhibitors from 45 countries are contributing. For those of us too lazy to do it, a bed that makes itself is unveiled. That could come in handy. Inventions range from food products -- non-alcoholic beer jelly for breakfast, (Yuck!) to automobile parts -- a device aimed at saving drivers from the pain of parallel parking, and heavy machinery -- a drilling rig for underwater geological exploration.
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