Software to read emotions
Careful. Too much time here on Google+ could affect your ability to accurately read other people’s emotions. Nah, it’s not just a Google+ thing; recent research comparing kids on a kind of digital sabbatical to kids averaging 4.5 hours a day on digital devices found that the kids who stayed off devices were 30% better at reading emotions – after just a five-day separation from those devices.
Maybe that’s why we feel so much better when we get away from it all on real vacations where we’re not still plugged in.
Not willing to cut the umbilical cord quite yet? Well there’s an app for that, er.. sort of. It’s not actually available yet. Check out the facial recognition software for Google Glass in the below video. It helps you recognize other people’s emotions.
Hard to for me to interpret just how accurate the actual emotion detection is (see performance stats on the SHORE link below), but this is a hot-button issue right now because of Glass privacy issues, the Facebook emotional manipulation research, and overall concerns with privacy. That said, these types of applications could be of real assistance to people who have troubles correctly assessing emotional cues or putting names to faces (like me, actually in the latter case, truth be told).
Visual agnosia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_agnosia *Fraunhofer’s Google Glass app detects human emotions in real time:* http://www.gizmag.com/fraunhofer-shore-google-glass-human-emotion/33568/
Have digital devices ruined your ability to read emotions? No worries — an app for that is on the way: http://singularityhub.com/2014/09/02/have-digital-devices-ruined-your-ability-to-read-emotions-no-worries-an-app-for-that-is-on-the-way/
SHORE™ – Sophisticated High-speed Object Recognition Engine: http://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en/ff/bsy/tech/bildanalyse/shore-gesichtsdetektion.html
Why Artificial Emotional Intelligence Really Matters: https://www.the-vital-edge.com/artificial_emotional_intelligence/