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Computer that will read your mind soon

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A raised eyebrow, quizzical look or a nod of the head are just a few of the facial expressions computers could soon be using to read people’s minds.

An “emotionally aware” computer being developed by British and American scientists will be able to read an individual’s thoughts by analysing a combination of facial movements that represent underlying feelings.
“The system we have developed allows a wide range of mental states to be identified just by pointing a video camera at someone,” said Professor Peter Robinson, of the University of Cambridge in England.

He and his collaborators believe the mind-reading computer’s applications could range from improving people’s driving skills to helping companies tailor advertising to people’s moods. “Imagine a computer that could pick the right emotional moment to try to sell you something, a future where mobile phones, cars and websites could read our mind and react to our moods,” he added.

The technology is already programmed to recognise different facial expressions generated by actors. Robinson hopes to get more data to determine whether someone is bored, interested, confused , or agrees or disagrees when it is unveiled at a science exhibition in London.

The scientists, who are developing the technology in collaboration with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, also hope to get it to accept other inputs such as posture and gesture.
“Our research could enable websites to tailor advertising or products to your mood,” Robinson said. “For example, a webcam linked with our software could process your image, encode the correct emotional state and transmit information to a website.”

Anyone who does not want to give away too much information about what they are feeling, he said, can just cover up the camera


Wise Old Owl
Actually the MIT labs (Massachusets Institute of Technology) already developed a
Robot called 'Kismet'. It can show various facial expressions like sorrow, joy, angry,
excitement etc., I saw this a few years back in Discovery channel. I think such a software
will be most useful for reading the minds of criminals.
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