Many people are familiar with the concept of procrastination, when instead of important things, time is spent on something else. Those who like to postpone everything "on the back burner" came to the rescue of the capabilities of artificial intelligence in the form of an invention of German researchers from the Institute of Intelligent Systems. The technology was developed to reduce the negative effects of procrastination and stimulate the most effective decisions.
Scientists themselves call their development a "cognitive prosthesis", and, as you know, the most important brain abilities associated with thinking, speaking, orientation in space are among the cognitive functions. This is not the first time researchers have explored the question of what influences the final decision-making. As a general rule, most people prioritize quick gains instead of long-term prospects for more future rewards. The tool of scientists of the German Institute is aimed at learning how to make effective choices at a given time, for example, prepare a report instead of watching a series or go in for sports instead of "hanging" on social networks.
The development uses artificial intelligence systems that help to compare possible solutions and make the choice of the most optimal action at a particular moment in time. "Cognitive prosthesis" contains algorithms that capture various little things, for example, a person's subjective attitude to a task and how much time he has to complete it. The tool determines the number of reward points for each action, and the system is configured in such a way that a person can complete all items on the list of tasks. The main idea of the development is to turn actions that in real life a person considers difficult and does not want to perform them, into a certain element of the game.
The technology, which uses the capabilities of artificial intelligence, has been tested in practice. Real people took part in the experiment, some of whom used the tool in performing the assigned tasks, the other part did not. As a result, it turned out that the development helped volunteers to act more efficiently, eliminating sluggishness and procrastination. The results of the study showed that 85% of the participants who used the technology did everything planned, while in the other group, where the "prosthesis" was not used, only 56% achieved successful completion of all tasks.
The authors of the development admitted that the development of artificial intelligence at the present stage has largely contributed to the creation of the tool, but it still has one drawback. Scientists have called their technology a little limited due to its ability to work with only a small number of tasks. In the future, the researchers plan to expand the functionality of the tool to handle more cases. Also, experts intend to bring the "cognitive prosthesis" beyond laboratory testing. At the same time, scientists are negotiating with technology companies to integrate development into existing mobile applications, where task lists are present.
The Topic of Article: Artificial intelligence will begin to help fight slowness and procrastination.