Microsoft’s new emotion-detecting AI can be hilariously bad at detecting emotions

First, they taught machines to figure out how old we are. Then, how closely related two people might be. Now, Microsoft has launched an algorithm designed to recognize how humans feel, simply by reading our faces – and anyone who’s not freaked out by it can try the beta version for themselves right now. Announcing new #ProjectOxford APIs, including emotion, video and spell check: https://t.co/ZWcshCRhNq #FutureDecoded pic.twitter.com/NXkLYcyFfL — @msdevUK The team behind Microsoft’s Project Oxford, a set of advanced machine learning technologies for developers (or “intelligent services”), announced the public beta release of its new Emotion API Wednesday morning. “Humans have traditionally been very good at recognizing emotions on people’s faces, but computers? Not so much,” reads a blog post published to Microsoft’s website today. “That is, until now.” The post’s author goes on to explain that this emotion tool can currently…


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