Microsoft reckons its AI can read your emotions.
The company’s putting its money where your mouth is and is letting anyone upload their face to its emotion-detecting API.
Part of Project Oxford, it uses “world-class machine learning” to interpret how people are feeling. The project caused offence earlier this year by trying to work out how old people were, with Microsoft warning that its experimental platform was “not always accurate”.
The facial recognition engine deals with eight different emotions and works out a score, which adds up to one, for each image. The emotions are:
WIRED felt stock images would provide the perfect test for Microsoft’s AI. But just how well does it express human emotions?
This angry, angry, stockman prompted some of the most accurate results from the machine learning, with almost complete rage taking over this face.
Contempt is a difficult emotion to capture, with this disgruntled cinema goer apparently feeling surprised, neutral, fearful and also a little disgusted.
It’s impossible to predict in what situation this stock image may be needed but Microsoft recognises the troubled model to be more angry than disgusted.
Fear is apparently one of the last emotions felt by this stock model as machine learning interprets her to be feeling sad, presumably she’s scared of what’s under the desk.
As Microsoft says the machine learning isn’t perfect. That was self-evident as WIRED tried to see the emotions of this beaming woman. The AI couldn’t find a face in the image, which may have been put off by the sunglasses.
A neutral face looking straight towards the camera is easy for both the stock image model to pull off and for AI to detect.
This girl, who may or may not have tuned into John Lewis’ christmas advert, was feeling more neutral than sad, according to Microsoft.
Surprise is an emotion that’s easy to detect as this man using the laptop shows.
And finally, it’s not a detectable emotion, but Shia LeBeouf is currently watching all of his movies back-to-back and is live streaming himself while doing so.
It’s unclear what film he was watching at this point but he wasn’t enamoured by his performance.