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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Affective Computing

Computer science believes that the human intelligence can be described to the point that it can be simulated by a machine. We encounter this simulation on a daily basis whether it is with our phones, games and other electronic devices; we call it AI. Anytime a machine tries to figure out and match what we want we encounter AI. AI goes back to the time of Greek myth in which they envisioned robots and owls and other man made creations that could think. Recently, I have been playing a new game in which the AI is much better than I am. In the future are we going to be outdone by AI? This is the fear that many writers play on when creating their SF books and the question played with in many of the stories we read about androids.

Affective computing is the branch of computer science that deals with the human affect. Its aim is to design an AI that can process, recognize, interpret and simulate human affect. The ultimate goal being simulated empathy. Even though the machine does not feel emotion it must be able to express and interpret those emotions to interact better with us humans. This takes us to the question that we asked on Tuesday. 

Facial expressions express emotions that we interpret every day. In order for a machine to express emotions it must also be able to show facial expression and interpret those facial expressions. See the video below to see how far we have come.

How much longer until we see them in all our stores or even in our homes?

In my blogstory two androids express human like emotions. As discussed on Tuesday the androids are an enigma. It is often difficult to tell the difference between the androids and their human counterparts. Tomorrow and on Monday we will see how advanced they are and what really makes them unique in stories about androids.


  1. That's why I don't like to play against the AI, it's too smart for me!

    Wow, they've come a long way! Those androids, while obviously still androids were very realistic! I don't think it will be too far off before we have realistic androids!

  2. IBM recently invented a computer chip closer to the way humans think. So, I think it's coming.

  3. I think it's coming too, but will AI ever have the imagination a human has?

  4. star trek's 'data' was supposed to be the ultimate android?

    i prefer those in 'blade runner'... aka the 'replicants', tho even those were far from 'excellent'

  5. Androids... technology is so crazy.

  6. As technology progresses I think we'll see people's idea of what an android is capable of. The more we learn the more we realize what we can physically build.

  7. Am I the only one who is a tiny bit afraid?

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