Invented by Richard Leeds, Elon Gasper, Conversation Processing Intelligence Corp, Computer Product Introductions Corp
The Conversation Processing Intelligence Corp, Computer Product Introductions Corp invention works as followsA method of computer control for online social interactions that is based on the processing of conversations. The conversation is recorded and stored in memory. It can then be processed to affect subsequent interactions. This may include audio or contextualized announcements of subsequent phone calls. The use of other modes of processing conversation for social purposes may result in interwoven conversations guided by threads of interest and advertising, as well as incentivizing participation and conversational content. The invention can be implemented in telecommunications such as local exchange, VOIP and cellular systems, or in combination with smart phones, adaptive forums, and chat rooms on the internet.
Background for System and Method for Modifying the Operational State of a Telecommunication Application Using Conversational Processing
As general-purpose computers have reduced in price and size, and as the connectivity mechanisms to conversational telecommunications networks have become easier and more accessible, the stage has been set for the unification of the functions of these devices with telephones. It was a progression from both sides. First, telecommunications functions were implemented in simulated “telephone”-like environments, and then standard software apps like games and office applications, on handheld phones. The present invention can be implemented in either context, since both are equivalent platforms for the ultimate embodiment in small handheld devices that perform both functions. These have been dubbed “smartphones”, a term which emerged in the late 90s and is defined as a telephone with additional software features.
However, in spite of a large market, and despite it becoming one word quickly, the current ‘SmartPhone’ is still not able to make that leap across the gap, to combine?Smart? “However, despite a vast market and though it’s quickly become one word, the currently extant?SmartPhone? Smart Phones and Phones are still not combined in a significant way. The?Phone? Their’smart’ phones, in particular, do not use their conversation content as effectively. The built-in software and features of their “smart” phones do not use the conversation content as effectively for utility. This is due to the fact that the legacy of the technology has created a wall, or erected one on purpose, in order to protect the core telecommunications features of the phone from bugs, crashes, and security issues of an operating environment which hosts diverse applications developed by different vendors. Apple iPhone designers have publicly stated that they purposefully placed barriers to the processing of conversations. Steve Jobs, the smartphone pioneer, was quoted explaining that limitations were necessary to differentiate platforms: “You don’t need your phone acting like a computer.” You don’t want to load three apps onto your phone and then find that it won’t work when you try to make a phone call.
This dichotomy of the communication channel of the telephone and its “smarts” is a problem. This has hindered the conception and implementation of many valuable applications including social media. Certain configurations of software and hardware can break down this wall. Applications such as ReminderRing are examples of useful embodiments for computer control of social interactions online based on conversation processing. They realize a function where the content of a conversation held on a phone or other communication device, including online forums can influence its functionality later, resulting in changed behavior during subsequent operations of that instrument and adaptive changes to social interactions online. They also extend the functionality of the device by integrating the content and context of a conversation.
DESCRIPTION THE INVENTION
Perceiving other humans is the key to human interaction. The verbal and nonverbal signals they give us are essential to our social nature and how we function. Recent brain Mill and psychological experiments confirm what organizational experts and motivational experts have long known: people react to stimuli, especially those from others they are communicating with. From ADHD coaches to FlyLady’s podcasting housework experts, to squawk box-driven brokerage boiler room programming, successful business models acknowledge this.
The early technological limitations have hindered the application of this information to the needs and wants of the user. Some of the more feeble attempts at adding a human face to an interface, like those made by Facebook, were successful and imitated, but most focused on building a network quickly rather than representing it and relating to each individual user better. The result is a social graph that has multiple representations, competing networks, and user interfaces. “Most of the improvements have focused on the nodes, and not the center.
Take for instance the simple ringtone. A ringtone is an audio segment that plays to alert a user of a mobile device of an incoming call or communication. Ring tones can be stored on a mobile phone or other telecommunication device as digital audio files. The popularity of customizable ring tones has grown, as users can select a specific tone that will be played when a person is called based on their caller identification. Many telecommunications providers (carriers) and other companies offer a service that allows users to download customized ring tones, such as songs or sound effects, directly to their device. As an alternative, users can upload digital audio files to a device for use as a tone. There are utilities that allow users to create ringtones based on recorded sounds. They can also mix multiple sounds or perform other audio manipulation.
However, despite the fact that there are many customization options for ring tones available, these technologies serve only one purpose: to identify the caller to the user. This is done indirectly by assigning a tone. The user is not provided with direct, dynamic or additional information about the caller, the context or likely nature of the call, by other ring tones. They also do not take advantage of the sound of the voice of the caller which can grab the attention of the user, as is the main purpose of an announcement. The ringtone would have more utility if it not only helped identify the caller but also gave information about the likely intent of the person calling. This problem is solved by the present invention, which creates a ringtone that incorporates previous correspondence between the caller and the user, contextualizing their new communication.
Moreover, few attempts have been made to help users associate a request for a call with their counterparty, and none has used the voice of a previous conversation, which can be a useful reminder of the context of the communication.
Furthermore, there is a need in the art for a means for remedying this lack of a humanized, individualized connectivity environment by gathering the separate threads of electronically-mediated connectivity not in their collective cloud, but rather at the individual. The current invention provides a better communication system by providing the user with the technology to integrate multimodal communication streams from other people and himself with representations more naturally suited to his sensory and cognitive nature.
In combination with the ability to route conversations among parties who will have access to actionable information, it allows for instant communication and nurturing of social interaction. It provides a way for large groups of people to engage in interwoven conversation. These can be individuals or corporations in a business setting. In a business context, the incentivizing conversational content for advertising or other purposes can be addressed.
The present invention (referred to as ReminderRing) can be seen as a system for generating a non-audio ringtone or equivalent based on audio, video or textual conversations. The invention can be applied to a wide range of communication systems and devices including mobile, local exchange, Voice-over-IP (VoIP), general purpose computers and messaging systems, gaming systems, set-top boxes, PDAs and pagers as well as electronic books and lifestreaming systems.
In one embodiment, a ringtone is created from a portion of an audio recording of a conversation between a caller and the inventor. The ringtone is then played upon receiving a subsequent call from that same caller who has been identified by the caller ID.
In another embodiment, a ringtone is created by converting text messages, or portions thereof, into audio speech. The audio speech will then be played upon receiving a phone call from the person identified by their caller ID. “Detailed methods for implementing the present invention are disclosed in both NetStream-type communication systems and SIP-style communication systems.
In another embodiment, a calendaring is integrated into the ReminderRing. This invention can be used in other telecommunications modes, as well as in a personal or public party caller identification system.
This invention discloses a means for remedying this disparate situation by gathering the separate threads of electronically-mediated connectivity not in their collective cloud, as it were, but rather at the individual. The current disclosure provides a better communication system by providing the user with the technology to integrate multimodal streams from others and himself with representations more naturally suited to his sensory and cognitive nature.
Annunciation is an important part of the system, as it has always been a key element in electronic communication. Over the past century, phones ring, alarms chime, and speakers shout “you’ve received mail?” The world. The invention is based on the ability to indicate not only symbolically, like ringtones do, who’s calling, emailing, or otherwise participating in a communication, but also directly by using the person’s voice recorded from a prior call or another venue as that “ring?”.
These preferred embodiments of the present invention anchor a comprehensive system that is disclosed herein, that improves communications by adapting them better to the human use on the level of individual connection and through this means.
The present embodiments provide a way to integrate personal information management with conversation, its monitoring and processing, as well as alarms and personal reminders and calendaring. Current embodiments provide a way to integrate personal information management with conversation, monitoring and processing.
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