WaitSuite, a new set of apps and programs from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), leverages the spare time that increasingly accrues in modern life. The app lets users make use of waiting time in their digital lives to learn a language rather than sitting around idly.
Ironically, the quicker that apps and technology becomes, the more time users tend to spend waiting around. That's because faster tech inevitably permeates people's lives deeper, and apps and devices are inextricably linked to things like loading time (no matter how fast they claim to be.) Even if every app and device were instantly fast, there's no accounting for human lethargy in email threads or digital chats. WaitSuite includes a host of apps and extensions that help users casually pick up words in new languages while their screens load or their friends don't respond to "wut up homie?" in Google Chat.