Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NYT: Reading Pain in a Human Face

"Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have written software that not only detected whether a person’s face revealed genuine or faked pain, but did so far more accurately than human observers."
While other scientists have already refined a computer’s ability to identify nuances of smiles and grimaces, this may be the first time a computer has triumphed over humans at reading their own species...
In a new study... humans and a computer were shown videos of people in real pain or pretending. The computer differentiated suffering from faking with greater accuracy by tracking subtle muscle movement patterns in the subjects’ faces.
“We have a fair amount of evidence to show that humans are paying attention to the wrong cues,” said Marian S. Bartlett, a research professor at the Institute for Neural Computation at San Diego and the lead author of the study.

Baby's I-Want-That Face from Kieren on Vimeo.


Unknown said...

Adorable baby.

ok - Mom, that tastes yummy, but please, ease up on the FD&C Blue No. 1.

ricpic said...

Softening us up for the placement of computer chips in future generations of humans. First voluntary, then mandatory. It's coming, folks.

deborah said...

Woe to the poor suffering bastard that the computer says is faking.