Emotional Computing

I’ve always been fascinated by the work my friend Peter Robinson and his team have been doing at the University’s Computer Lab, in trying to make computers both understand, and express, emotions.

But I hadn’t seen this very nice little video they made just over a year ago.

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I’ve just been watching the’Spinning Beachball’ TED Talk and found myself smiling. Imagine a television set with a camera in the livingroom that detected a viewer smiling. It could recommend videos based on a database of what people with a ‘similar profile’ also enjoyed. Hmm, a TV that insists on showing me videos of Benny Hill, maybe needs more thought?

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