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posted by janrinok on Wednesday December 14 2022, @12:02PM   Printer-friendly
from the creepy dept.

MIT presents the "Wearable Reasoner," a proof-of-concept wearable system capable of analyzing if an argument is stated with supporting evidence or not to prompt people to question and reflect on the justification of their own beliefs and the arguments of others:

In an experimental study, we explored the impact of argumentation mining and explainability of the AI feedback on the user through a verbal statement evaluation task. The results demonstrate that the device with explainable feedback is effective in enhancing rationality by helping users differentiate between statements supported by evidence and those without. When assisted by an AI system with explainable feedback, users significantly consider claims given with reasons or evidence more reasonable than those without. Qualitative interviews demonstrate users' internal processes of reflection and integration of the new information in their judgment and decision making, stating that they were happy to have a second opinion present, and emphasizing the improved evaluation of presented arguments.

Based on recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI), argument mining, and computational linguistics, we envision the possibility of having an AI assistant as a symbiotic counterpart to the biological human brain. As a "second brain," the AI serves as an extended, rational reasoning organ that assists the individual and can teach them to become more rational over time by making them aware of biased and fallacious information through just-in-time feedback. To ensure the transparency of the AI system, and prevent it from becoming an AI "black box,'' it is important for the AI to be able to explain how it generates its classifications. This Explainable AI additionally allows the person to speculate, internalize and learn from the AI system, and prevents an over-reliance on the technology.

https://doi.org/10.1145/3384657.3384799

Will this help the fight against misinformation/disinformation? Originally spotted on The Eponymous Pickle.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 14 2022, @02:51PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 14 2022, @02:51PM (#1282371)

    "teach them to become more rational over time by making them aware of biased and fallacious information through just-in-time feedback."

    Get back to me when you can find a working example of this that doesn't need to be Musked into my meatspace.

  • (Score: 2) by Michael on Wednesday December 14 2022, @05:12PM

    by Michael (7157) on Wednesday December 14 2022, @05:12PM (#1282389)

    I'll get back to you in the sixteenth century then, when what we'd recognise as the scientific method was formalised.

    For a looser definition, there's also the Aristotelian methods of ancient Greece.

  • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Wednesday December 14 2022, @08:29PM

    by tangomargarine (667) on Wednesday December 14 2022, @08:29PM (#1282418)

    Nobody is talking about surgically implanting the device. A glance at the article shows that it's a headband that you wear.

    Hell, the *headline* says Wearable Reasoner. Unless you consider a Pacemaker something you "wear"?

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    "Is that really true?" "I just spent the last hour telling you to think for yourself! Didn't you hear anything I said?"