Disney to lubricate decision making among friends

Planning a fun get together among friends isn’t fun in itself, what with varied interests and conflicting opinions. Getting each one to agree to a common decision often involves endless arguments.

Disney intends to intervene such a setting and help the group make a decision.

This invention from Disney is designed to constantly monitor conversations among a group of people to detect event-planning. This is done by performing a contextual analysis of keywords like movie, play, dinner, etc. uttered during conversations. So simply talking about a movie which one has seen would be ignored by the invention.

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Once the event-planning is detected, the invention intelligently retrieves preferences of each individual in the group and suggests relevant options while considering all the preferences. Such preferences are either retrieved from dedicated databases or from past activity of users over other applications like Netflix, HBO Go etc.

Since the suggested options are identified based on preferences of the individuals, there is a greater likelihood of acceptance from everyone in the group.

Patent Information
Publication number: US 20160224673
Publication date: 4 Aug 2016
Filing date: 30 Jan 2015
Inventors: Jennifer Hebert; Anthony Mutalipassi; Nicholas Lewerke; Levon Karayan;
Original Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.