I don’t know how I feel about this.


ELI is a small wearable microphone device worn on the collar.
Connected to a smartphone app, it records and analyzes
your daily conversation and generates personalized foreign language lessons for you.

On the one hand, great! It could probably be a very good study aid! A good self-testing aid! A helper to your learning.

On the other hand, you could get a lot of morons like this traveling around the world. (This video does not show the Eli, but the Logbar, but the end result could easily be the same.)

(Trigger warning: smug MRA/creeper.)

“Respect for culture? Respect for other peoples’ feelings? What’s that? All I care about is showing my alpha maleness!” I wonder if he’s ever tried this same thing in New York City?

So, I can see value in devices like these, and they’re not going to go away. They are just another complication technology is throwing into our lives.

But I’ll keep studying the old-fashioned way.

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