Former Google VP: Machines emotionally intelligent in 2016

Andrew Moore, the Dean of the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science and a former Vice President at Google, just told me something exciting. Moore predicts that 2016 will see a rapid proliferation of research on machine emotional understanding in machines. Robots, smart phones, and computers will very quickly start to understand how we’re feeling and will be able to respond accordingly. “There will be immediate positive uses,” he explains over the phone. “Monitoring a patient in the ER with an emotionally intelligent computer will enable doctors to sense discomfort when the patient is incapable of communicating. Measuring student engagement by looking at a students’ emotional reaction will help teachers be more effective. Those are clear wins.” [More about robots in education? Suggested reading: Telepresence robots beam psychologists into schools]…


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