This Website Can Decipher Emotions from Basic Photographs

By: Katherine Pendrill - Nov 13, 2015
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The 'Project Oxford' initiative has developed intuitive software that can decipher emotions from images. The first installment of Microsoft's Project Oxford claimed to know a person's real age simply by looking at their photo. Now the technology is being used to decode emotions.

Project Oxford operates as an online tool that can be used to decipher emotions. To use the program, users simply submit a photo. The software will locate all of the faces in the photo and then scan for eight basic emotions. These emotions include everything from anger and contempt to happiness and surprise. The software then scores each face based on how much of each emotion is displayed.

While the program may seem slightly frivolous, the technology actually demonstrates how quickly and accurately software can learn and quantify intangible qualities such as emotion.