For Good or Ill, Face Reading Software Helps Computers Infer Humans’ Emotional States
Now, computer software is using frame-by-frame video analysis to read subtle muscular changes that flash across our faces in milliseconds, signaling emotions like happiness, sadness and disgust.
With face-reading software, a computer’s webcam might spot the confused expression of an online student and provide extra tutoring. Or computer-based games with built-in cameras could register how people are reacting to each move in the game and ramp up the pace if they seem bored.
But the rapidly developing technology is far from infallible, and it raises many questions about privacy and surveillance.
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(Via When Algorithms Grow Accustomed to Your Face | New York TImes ht emergentfutures)