Machines Can See Through That Poker Face

Even if you have a good emotional mask, there's a computer that can see through the cracks.


When we try to mask our emotions, we never put on a perfect poker face. There are little “microexpressions,” but catching them when they happen is tough. Law enforcement officials have tried training agents to spot these cracks in other people's emotional masks, but there's been much debate whether some people have the sensory and cognitive skills to be trained in such a fine area.

Researchers now believe they've developed an artificial intelligence capable of catching and dissecting these microexpressions.

Singularity University's Vivek Wadhwa details emerging technologies — including artificial intelligence — that we have to be smart about implementing.

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