Computers That Understand Your Emotions Are Coming Next Year

Computers are performing jobs once reserved for humans like translators, personal assistants, and hotel bellmen. In fact, they are getting so good at some things, that it’s starting to feel a little creepy. But next year, expect that ick factor to multiply. Computers will be able to figure out whether you’re happy, sad, or angry by merely watching the tiny involuntary muscle movements in your face. Andrew Moore, dean of Carnegie Mellon’s computer science school, says a combination of better algorithms and high-definition cameras mean this technology will make its way out of the labs and into stores, web sites and even hospitals. The idea is to help humans interact with computers, which are otherwise oblivious to certain subtleties that come with being able to read a person’s expressions. For…


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