Uber might use artificial intelligence to know when you’re drunk

The premise of the software is to use a learned algorithm to determine a user's state of inebriation.

The system, described by members of Uber's Trust & Safety team in 2016, tracks how someone normally uses Uber's app through AI - if they commit typos, their walking speed, and the rate at which they drop their phone.

The passenger's location, the time of day and the day of the week may also be considered. By user's state, it means Uber would be able to identify if you're drunk and how far from your normal state.

According in the New York Post, the application, "Predicting user state using machine learning", is how Uber detailed the promised technology.

There's no way of knowing whether Uber is serious about adding this type of artificial intelligence to its ride-sharing service.

Uber new scheme
Uber turns to A.I. to identify drunk riders

"It could lead to the possibility of some drivers avoiding drunk passengers and in the worst cases 'drunk hunting".

Uber's patents said that the company's VR system will address this issue.

'It may also make journeys safer for drunk passengers, so if they know who is a risky driver they might prevent that unsafe driver from picking up vulnerable riders'.

Still, it is not hard to imagine that a driver with a new, shiny, upholstered auto might think twice about picking up a passenger they know to be sloshed. However it seems that Uber could be trying to take the guesswork out of the equation.

Uber claims that many drunk riders find difficulty in getting their home and meanwhile haphazardly book a taxi. Uber's planned AI feature could, in theory, let drivers easily scout neighborhoods to find drunken passengers for this objective.

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