17 December 2006

What if your laptop knew how you felt? [Christian Science Monitor]

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“Faces reveal emotions, and researchers in fields as disparate as psychology, computer science and engineering are joining forces under the umbrella of ‘affective computing’ to teach machines to read expressions,” writes Cristian Lupsa in the Christian Science Monitor.

“Computers can now analyse a face from video or a still image and infer almost as accurately as humans (or better) the emotion it displays.”

Mind Reader, a system developed by the MIT Affective Computing Group uses input from a video camera to perform real-time analysis of facial expressions.”

“If [these researchers] succeed, your computer may one day ‘read’ your mood and play along. Machines equipped with emotional skills could also be used in teaching, robotics, gaming, sales, security, law enforcement, and psychological diagnosis.”

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