Google Glass app will map your face to detect your emotions
2013 09 05
By Elizabeth Leafloor | Red Ice Creations
A facial recognition app has been created for the Google Glass platform which maps your face and detects your emotions based on your expressions.
One of the proposed uses of the tech is to assist autistic people, who often are unable to recognize facial emotional expressions, in identifying and memorizing certain displayed emotions.
The new app is described by DVice:
In recent years, a number of advances in technology have served to help those with autism better understand the rest of the world in terms of emotional connections. Just last year an Ohio mother with an autistic son launched a smartphone app designed to help those with autism train themselves to recognize certain emotions. Another developer has now come up with a similar way to assist the autistic community through the interactive lens of Google Glass.
Announced this week by Catalin Voss and Jonathan Yan, Sension is a company formed to distribute face-tracking apps that map a human face and work to detect the emotion being displayed on that face. While the company is exploring a number of uses for the technology, including serving as an educational aid harnessed through the wearable device framework of Glass, the technology could be particularly useful for autistic users.
Affective computing is "the study and development of systems and devices that can recognize, interpret, process, and simulate human affects" such as emotion. Once computers recognize the range of human emotion, they might be better able to simulate empathy - for better or for worse.
[Read: I hear dead people! "Voice-cloning tech gives new life to silenced greats"]
Until now, such emotion and behaviour-tracking tech has mostly existed within the realm of military and government departments like Homeland Security. As reported in 2009 by AlterNet, "Homeland Security Embarks on Big Brother Programs to Read Our Minds and Emotions":
This past February, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded a one-year, $2.6 million grant to the Cambridge, MA.-based Charles Stark Draper Laboratory to develop computerized sensors capable of detecting a person’s level of "malintent" -- or intention to do harm. It’s only the most recent of numerous contracts awarded to Draper and assorted research outfits by the U.S. government over the past few years under the auspices of a project called "Future Attribute Screening Technologies," or FAST. It’s the next wave of behavior surveillance from DHS and taxpayers have paid some $20 million on it so far.
Conceived as a cutting-edge counter-terrorism tool, the FAST program will ostensibly detect subjects’ bad intentions by monitoring their physiological characteristics, particularly those associated with fear and anxiety. It’s part of a broader "initiative to develop innovative, non-invasive technologies to screen people at security checkpoints," according to DHS.
The "non-invasive" claim might be a bit of a stretch. A DHS report issued last December outlined some of the possible technological features of FAST, which include "a remote cardiovascular and respiratory sensor" to measure "heart rate, heart rate variability, respiration rate, and respiratory sinus arrhythmia," a "remote eye tracker" that "uses a camera and processing software to track the position and gaze of the eyes (and, in some instances, the entire head)," "thermal cameras that provide detailed information on the changes in the thermal properties of the skin in the face," and "a high resolution video that allows for highly detailed images of the face and body … and an audio system for analyzing human voice for pitch change."
Private companies have also been developing software to detect emotion with the goal of maximizing efficiency, reducing cost, and enhancing ’customer service’.
Less than two minutes into a cell phone conversation, a new computer program can predict a broken heart -- literally and figuratively.
An Israeli company called eXaudios has developed a computer program, known as Magnify, that decodes the human voice to identify a person’s emotional state.
Some companies in the United States already use the system in their call centers. eXaudios is even testing the software’s use in diagnosing medical conditions like autism, schizophrenia, heart disease and even prostate cancer.
"When agents talk with customers over the phone, they usually focus on content and not intonation, unless the customer is screaming," said Yoram Levanon, President and CEO of eXaudios, which recently won a $1 million prize at the Demo 2010 conference. "If a customer is screaming, you don’t need the software. But if we can identify the other emotions of a customer, we can save customers and companies money."
A number of companies sell software that analyzes conversations between a customer service agent and a customer after the conversation is over. Magnify monitors a phone call in real time. The program then lists the caller’s emotions on screen.
Magnify is not 100 percent accurate, however. Between 17 percent and 24 percent of the time Magnify fails to identify a caller’s correct emotions.
Errors are unavoidable in this imperfect tech, and it’s not a stretch to think that apps such as ’Sension’ or the Department of Homeland Security’s FAST software, could make incorrect judgements of emotion, behaviour, and intent.
As these technologies inevitably advance and see spreading use, the public must stay vigilant and involved in order to ensure they don’t become misused tools of control under the cover of educational/disability aids, or ’enhanced’ security.
By Elizabeth Leafloor, Red Ice Creations
Mood-tracking app paves way for pocket therapy
Google Glass Will Track Your Gaze, Patent Hints
International officials demand privacy answers on Google Glass
Glasses Fool Facial Recognition Software
Google Glass: Let the evil commence
A look at the darker side of Google Glass
App developer hopes to use Google Glass to help the blind see
Stop the Cyborgs: The anti-Google Glass movement
Computer correctly identifies emotions for the first time
Expressing negative emotions could extend lifespan
New TVs will watch you and record your emotions
Should Socio-Emotional Learning Be Taught in Schools?
Latest News from our Front Page
Sweden Recognizes Palestinian State; Israel Upset
2014 10 31
Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, prompting a strong protest from Israel, which swiftly withdrew its ambassador from Stockholm.
The move by Sweden’s new left-leaning government reflects growing international impatience with Israel’s nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and its blockade of the Gaza Strip. It also comes during increased ...
Fed-Backed Study: How to Brainwash Public into Fearing “Climate Change” Like Ebola
2014 10 31
$84K study seeks ways to make public fear "climate change and overpopulation"
The National Science Foundation is funding a study to determine how to brainwash the public into fearing “climate change and overpopulation” as if they were Ebola.
The NSF awarded an $84,000 grant to researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo yesterday to figure out how to make ...
Brain decoder can eavesdrop on your inner voice
2014 10 31
As you read this, your neurons are firing – that brain activity can now be decoded to reveal the silent words in your head
TALKING to yourself used to be a strictly private pastime. That’s no longer the case – researchers have eavesdropped on our internal monologue for the first time. The achievement is a step towards helping people who cannot ...
6 Million Lies
2014 10 30
“If you do not specify and confront real issues, what you say will surely obscure them. If you do not alarm anyone morally, you yourself remain morally asleep. If you do not embody controversy, what you say will be an acceptance of the drift of the coming hell.” C Wright Mills.
I need to share information I have discovered ...
Google’s New Computer With Human-Like Learning Abilities Will Program Itself
2014 10 30
In college, it wasn’t rare to hear a verbal battle regarding artificial intelligence erupt between my friends studying neuroscience and my friends studying computer science.
One rather outrageous fellow would mention the possibility of a computer takeover, and off they went. The neuroscience-savvy would awe at the potential of such hybrid technology as the CS majors argued we have nothing to ...
|More News » |