Microsoft Machine Learning Advances to Sensing Emotions

Microsoft adds emotion recognition to its collection of machine learning APIs, potentially leading to computers that can sense a user’s mood by looking at them. Project Oxford, a collection of machine-learning application programming interfaces (APIs) from Microsoft, has learned a new trick.The technology made a splash early this year after Microsoft’s age- and gender-guessing Website, How-Old.net, went viral. While not always accurate—in fact, it was sometimes comically off base—it hinted at the potential of computer systems that can make sense of the world around them.Today, the software announced that it was adding emotion recognition to the mix.”The emotion tool released today can be used to create systems that recognize eight core emotional states—anger, contempt, fear, disgust, happiness, neutral, sadness or surprise—based on universal facial expressions that reflect those feelings,” blogged…


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