If the Terminator, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Tron films have taught me anything, it’s that AI can’t be trusted, and we really shouldn’t keep poking the bull. Clearly, Microsoft doesn’t quite share this sentiment.

Microsoft’s Project Oxford team is in the process of developing a new software tool that will (eventually) be able to accurately detect human emotion. It analyses the subject’s face for eight core emotions – anger, happiness, sadness, fear, contempt, surprise, disgust and neutral – via “universal facial expressions”.

Death stare
Geez, I wonder what core emotion THIS facial expression falls under…

Microsoft released the following in an official blog post discussing the tool:

Humans have traditionally been very good at recognizing emotions on people’s faces, but computers? Not so much.

That is, until now. Recent advances in the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence are allowing computer scientists to create smarter apps that can identify things like sounds, words, images – and even facial expressions.

The Microsoft Project Oxford team today announced plans to release public beta versions of new tools that help developers take advantage of those capabilities, including one that can recognize emotion.

You can read the full post by clicking here.

You are currently able to demo the tools by following this link, though it is important to note that Microsoft has stated that the beta is still in an experimental stage, and is not guaranteed to be accurate in it’s current state.

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