Tuning in to Your Moods RRS feed

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  • Computers capable of reading, interpreting, and acting on people's emotions and moods, called affective computers, could one day become a part of everyday life. The Media Laboratory at MIT is conducting several projects on machine learning, vocal and visible recognition, and developing sensors capable of detecting signals indicating emotion. UK non-commercial project Convo is a software application that recognizes people's vocal patterns and classifies them as nice, nasty, or neutral, and responds with a fitting emotional simulation. Affective computer systems work using video and auditory sensors and recognition software combined with neurofuzzy techniques, a combination of neural networks and fuzzy logic. By observing and associating features and actions with an emotion, and through multiple observations, the user's emotional state can be identified and responded to accordingly. This technology could be used to lift a person's spirit with their favorite music if the affective computer determines they are depressed, for example, or turn a car off if the system determines the driver is intoxicated or driving irrationally
    Wednesday, April 18, 2007 7:41 AM


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