The next generation of the motion sensing technology Kinect, which is bundled with Microsoft’s video game consul, may be advanced enough to read your lips. It may be able to read your emotional states, as well. “Kinect 2 will be so powerful it will enable games to detect when players are angry, and determine in which direction they are facing, and track the pitch and volume of player voices and facial characteristics to measure different emotional states.”
What’s the Big Idea?
While the Kinect technology gives Microsoft an edge in the world of gaming and awkward home exercise, the software company wants to see where else their brain child can go. A software development kit and Kinect Accelerator program have been launched which will fund ten Kinect-based start ups. That the technology evokes Hal 9000 in 2001 may given some the goosebumps. But developers say the Kinect will only read facial cues to determine your mood and that no reporting of the information will be allowed.
Amid widely-publicized corporate scandals, global environmental threats, and powerful advances in biotechnology, says ethicist Paul Root Wolpe, big companies find themselves tromping through an ethical minefield, and desperately in need of guidance.