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Computer-based emotion recognition

smile at computer.pngEarlier this week I put out a post talking about things computers can do that were just not viewed as possible just a short time a.... This story from MIT about facial recognition by computers is another good example of advances that seem unlikely but may be nearer than we think.


I always find it interesting that we can underestimate advances in the short term (like these stories demonstrate) but can totally overestimate over the long hall (flying cars and lunar basis anyone?).


If this technique is combined with voice recognition or some other tactile feedback, I am sure computers could provide a much better “mood ring” that could be applied for many purposes. Just as long as it doesn’t become the emotional “Clippy”. I wonder how many would use it if there were an alternative communications path showing emotion as part of a UCC initiative -- that may be a bit too much like attaching a lie detector though.


For what applications would you add this capability??

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