Published on May 24th, 2012 | by Steven Hodson


Don’t Look Now But MIT Has Algorithm That Can Tell Why You’re Smiling [Video]

The simple smile, our way of indicating our pleasure over something or someone, is something that we don’t really think of all that much unless you are a researcher at MIT it would seem.

As they put it there are actually two different types of smiles. There’s the regular smile indicating happiness about something and then there is the one that we use to show fake happiness when something, or someone, frustrates us.

So being MIT they figured out that there had to be some sort of algorithm they could come up with to be able to tell the difference between the two types, and guess what – there is and it’s being packaged up at “smile-tech” which scores a 90% accuracy rating when determining which type of smile is being used in a photograph.

Here’s the video outlining this “smile-tech”.

via Geekosystem



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Steven has been around the tech world long enough to see most of the stuff we think of cool happen before which leads to a certain bit of cynicism that has contributed to him being known as the cranky old fart of the Internet. Besides sharing some of the goodness that he finds with you here at 42x you can also find him curating some digital goodness at Winextra (tech type stuff) and Rotten Gumdrops (for your daily dose of WTF).

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