Here’s why Microsoft built a tool to guess your emotions

Months after Microsoft released a tool designed to guess the age of someone based on a photograph, the company has unleashed another round of fun tools designed to show off its machine learning and AI capabilities. The most appealing tool in the new batch promises to detect what emotion someone is feeling in a particular, photographed, moment, based on cues in their facial expression.[Feeling mad? New devices can detect your mood] Since every photograph of me contains the primary emotion of “I dislike being photographed,” and that’s not one of the emotions Microsoft programmed into the tool, I tried it out on an animated GIF of The Doctor gazing sadly through the rain: via Microsoft’s Emotion demo The tool certainly recognized that the poor Time Lord was sad, but incorrectly concluded that he…


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