Researchers at Amazon are now converging on a new voice recognition training method and algorithmic model that should grow the capabilities of AI to include those requiring accurate recognition of emotional cues in a user’s voice. The new method involves the use of public data sets, labeled according to “valence, activation, and dominance.” The former of those attributes is a commonly recognized measure of the positive or negative connotations in speech while “dominance” could be loosely defined as the intensity of the emotion in the same or how "in control" the speaker feels. Activation refers to whether the speaker is engaged or interacting passively. The results of the proposed training method, now presented via an IEEE publication, are intriguing, if not groundbreaking. While some AI methods for training emotion recognition are already established, the new method utilizes an adversarial autoencoder and has proven to be significantly more accurate. … [Read more...] about Amazon’s AI Will Soon Recognize Emotional Cues In Speech Better
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?
The Strong Museum opened its Women in Games exhibit today as part of its National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. And to celebrate the untold stories of women in video games, the Strong held a unique gathering of the women who made “herstory” in video games. Some of the pioneering women in games came to the 200-person opening event and talked about their inspirations in making games. The honored speakers included Megan Gaiser, Bonnie Ross, Jen MacClean, Dona Bailey, Brenda Laurel, Susan Jaekel, Sheri Graner Ray, Victoria Van Voorhis, and Amy Hennig. The exhibit will be open until the spring and it celebrates the contributions of women to video games. A number of the honorees talked about what inspired them, including Megan Gaiser, former CEO of Her Interactive, the maker of the Nancy Drew series of video games for girls. Above: Megan Gaiser, former CEO of Her Interactive.Image Credit: The Strong “While the many systems designed with only half the … [Read more...] about Strong National Museum of Play recognizes herstory