Artificial intelligence offers us an opportunity to amplify service and the integration of technology in everyday lives many times over. But until very recently, there remained a significant barrier in how sophisticated the technology could be. Without a complete understanding of emotion in voice and how AI can capture and measure it, inanimate assistants (voice assistants, smart cars, robots and all AI with speech recognition capabilities) would continue to lack key components of a personality. This barrier makes it difficult for an AI assistant to fully understand and engage with a human operator the same way a human assistant would. This is starting to change. Rapid advances in technology are enabling engineers to program these voice assistants with a better understanding of the emotions in someone’s voice and the behaviors associated with those emotions. The better we understand these nuances, the more agile and emotionally intelligent our AI systems will become. A vast array … [Read more...] about Emotionally intelligent AI will respond to how you feel
An electroencephalogram, or EEG, is a noninvasive brain-monitoring test that involves placing electrodes along the scalp which send signals to a computer for analysis. EEGs have been widely used to study swallowing, classify mental states, and diagnose neuropsychiatric disorders such as neurogenic pain and epilepsy, but some researchers believe they have unexplored potential. In a paper (“Emotion Recognition with Machine Learning Using EEG Signals“) published on the preprint server Arxiv.org, a team hailing from Texas Tech University, the University of Tabriz in Iran, and Akrham Hospital describe an AI system that recognizes emotion from EEG results alone. “Emotion states are associated with wide variety of human feelings, thoughts and behaviors; hence, they affect our ability to act rationally, in cases such as decision-making, perception and human intelligence,” they wrote. “In recent years, developing emotion recognition systems based on EEG signals … [Read more...] about AI classifies emotions from EEG data
Birth control pills have been available for nearly 60 years and about 100 million women take them. But despite their ubiquity, some researchers still that think certain aspects of the contraceptives deserve more research. Namely: how the pill might affect the brain. "We know a lot about the physical side effects [of birth control pills], but very little about the psychological side effects," said Alexander Lischke, a psychology researcher with the University of Greifswald in Germany. So, Lischke and his lab decided to look into how taking the pill might change someone's ability to process emotion. Their research, published today (Feb. 11) in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, found that women on the pill mislabeled the emotion on someone's face 10 percent more often than participants who weren't on the pill. Though few researchers have looked at this particular influence of the pill — and others think this research isn't even worth pursuing — the results have … [Read more...] about Can the Pill Affect How Women Recognize Emotions in Others?
“Would you rather be smart, or kind?” For most of us, this would be a difficult question to answer. Both characteristics are valued highly in our society. Which do you choose? If you’re leaning toward smart, you’re not alone. It’s easy to associate intelligence with wealth and success. Meanwhile, kindness and its cousin — empathy — is often associated with passivity and weakness, especially by self-proclaimed diehard business people. But are these associations valid? Must we really choose between the two? The answer is no. Emotional intelligence results in higher salary and better job performance, that’s why you need to know what it is and how to improve it. Although intelligence is important, it’s not worth much in the workplace until paired with reliability, honesty, and friendliness. It wasn’t lost on me in a 2007 Berkshire Hathaway meeting in Omaha that the legendary Charlie Munger responded succinctly with: “Be … [Read more...] about Improving your emotional intelligence can earn you a raise — here’s how
Artificial intelligence is already making our devices more personal — from simplifying daily tasks to increasing productivity. Emotion AI (also called affective computing) will take this to new heights by helping our devices understand our moods. That means we can expect smart refrigerators that interpret how we feel (based on what we say, how we slam the door) and then suggest foods to match those feelings. Our cars could even know when we’re angry, based on our driving habits. Humans use non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions, gestures, and tone of voice, to communicate a range of feelings. Emotion AI goes beyond natural language processing by using computer vision and voice analysis to detect those moods and emotions. Voice of the customer (VoC) programs will leverage emotion AI technology to perform granular and individual sentiment analysis at scale. The result: Our devices will be in tune with us. Conversational services Digital giants — including Google, … [Read more...] about Emotion AI: Why your refrigerator could soon understand your moods