Reading and recognizing facial emotions used to differentiate humans from computers, but this could quickly become a thing of the past. Microsoft wants to change all of that with Project Oxford which taps on the latest machine learning and artificial intelligence to create an application that can read our emotions.
This emotion recognizing application built upon generic facial expressions is capable of reading up to eight core emotions. The application can detect levels of anger, contempt, fear, disgust, happiness, neutral, sadness or surprise.
As this application runs on machine learning, it is able to learn new facial markers and read facial emotions better as more data is being received. It can learn to pick up on certain facial markers and apply it to the newer images it ‘sees’.
Just imagine the possibilities when this application goes into full swing. You can read your partner’s emotions better, marketers can find out exactly how an audience reacts to their campaign, and its possibilities are pretty much endless.
If you are a developer and interested in getting your hand on this, Microsoft has released the application for developers as a public beta. It is now available for a limited time only.
By Geralyne Kaye / November 17, 2015 3:12PM GMT+8
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