Hey Siri – How F’d Up Am I Right Now?
There’s an app for almost everything these days. And we’re probably not too far away from asking, “Hey, Siri – how f’d up am I right now?” after a night of drinking.
What a time to be alive!
Monday on the Morning Jolt, I’m Jim Monaghan. You know how after a weekend we always like to check in and ask you –
How F’d Up Were You?
Well in the not too distant future you may be able to go onto your smartphone and say, “Hey Siri, how f’d up am I? See what she says.
There’s an innovative smartphone app that may soon be able to detect if you are too drunk to drive by analyzing your speech.
Scientists suggest that built-in sensors in smartphones can gauge a person’s level of intoxication through vocal changes. There was a study that involved participants consuming alcohol in quantities adjusted for their weight and then attempting tongue twisters at intervals.
“Rubber baby buggy bumpers” or “Susie sells seashells down by the seashore.”
Say both of those five times fast. Even while sober, you might have issues.
You’re supposed to do it once before drinking and then hourly for up to 7 hours. Listen, if you’re drinking for 7 hours, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re going to be pretty f’d up.
Participants read the tongue twisters aloud while a smartphone positioned on a table recorded their speech simultaneously. Researchers measured the drinker’s breath alcohol concentration at the outset and then every half hour during the duration of the experiment.
As for accuracy
“The accuracy of our model genuinely took me by surprise,” said the study’s lead researcher, Professor Brian Suffoletto of Stanford Medicine. “While we aren’t pioneers in highlighting the changes in speech characteristics during alcohol intoxication, I firmly believe our superior accuracy stems from our application of cutting advancements in signal processing, acoustic analysis, and machine learning.”
So your phone might be able to help you on one of those days where you’re just overindulging. But again, if you’re going to drink for 7 hours, Odds are you’re pretty f’d up.