NOV 29, 2016 11:11 AM PST

Artificial Intelligence: Teaching Machines to Read Our Emotions

WRITTEN BY: Jennifer Ellis

We are working to create computers that can do more and more. Computers can play us in games and win, translate any language, or correctly identify objects and places. We have even built robots that can walk and adjust to differing environments.

What about artificial intelligence and teaching machines how to recognize not only inanimate objects but how to identify emotion? By using neural networks to "teach" machines what various emotions look like, we are close to having computers that can identify several universally recognized emotions, such as happiness, anger, surprise, sadness, and disgust. Imagine the data that could come of being able to record a group's reaction to media, or the potential to stop crimes before they happen by monitoring suspicious behavior. The issue is, do we want to be constantly watched by machines?
About the Author
  • I love all things science and am passionate about bringing science to the public through writing. With an M.S. in Genetics and experience in cancer research, marketing and technical writing, it is a pleasure to share the latest trends and findings in science on LabRoots.
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