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Microsoft’s emotion reading photo software is hilarious

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David Cornish
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Artificial intelligence is pretty neat. Computers, thinking like humans, to help humans do less thinking.

Take Microsoft's Project Oxford - a piece of emotion recognition software that could help robots of the future read the faces of their human masters and determine if they are happy, bored, or terrified that they created a race of super smart robots.

While we still wait with nervous trepidation for that day, we can have a good laugh with the Project Oxford emotion demo page, that'll read the emotions of any photo you plug into it.

Upload a photo - either stored on your computer or via a URL (you can find this on your Facebook images by right clicking an image and selecting 'Copy image URL') - hover your mouse over the blue square that indicates a face and read off the emotions...

  • Microsoft's emotion reading photo software is hilarious

    Anger

    Well done robot, but this is a subtle shade of anger known as "sass".

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    Neutral

    Close, but this is actually more "left wing" than "neutral".

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    Happiness

    Happiness? No, robot, this is "evil personified"

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    Surprise

    Yep. Nailed it.

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    Anger

    Yes, there's anger - but there's also plenty of fear hidden in there. Fear of finishing fourth. Fear of selling your best players. Fear of failure.

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    Happy

    Although there was no option for "Malevolently plotting world domination".

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    Neutral

    Note that it's "Disgust" and not "Disgusting", which would have provided very different results.

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    Happiness

    Well, we guess that's what's going on here...

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    Happiness

    Happiness - however, you should note that the second highest emotion is sadness. Perfect analysis of Alan Partridge, really.

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    Fear

    Fear with high ratings of surprise. Yep, this thing works.

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Shortlist.com’s esteemed Tech Editor. David has a keen interest in video games, Star Wars and stuff that runs on batteries.

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