Spotify hypes algorithm that knows when you’re sad or mad

New York Post – Spotify is listening.

The music streaming service was finally granted a patent — nearly three years after submitting plans — for an algorithm that can better predict what users want to hear — by listening-in on their conversations.

The artificial intelligence technology will predict users’ “emotional state, gender, age, or accent” by tuning-in on music listeners’ conversations.

The patent for “Identification of taste attributes from an audio signal,” as the invention is called, was filed in February 2018, and granted on January 12 of this year, Music Business Worldwide reported.

Spotify suggests that analyzing “intonation, stress, rhythm and the likes of units of speech” could help predict whether users are “happy, angry, sad or neutral.”

The company thinks their customers will appreciate the passive prediction tool — as opposed to “tediously input[ting] answers to multiple queries in order for the system to identify the user’s taste,” Spotify wrote in their patent application.