Can computers do empathy?

Should we fear artificial intelligence or embrace it? Is Skynet the inevitable result of a machine that understands emotions, but acts without them?

Nobody knows for sure, but I’m looking forward to machines that can empathize. Siri can’t hug you, but maybe one day she’ll be able to recognize your broken heart and listen to Sam Smith records with you.

At LA Hacks, Philip Hayes and Ray Zhu ran with that idea and created MusicFace. Using facial recognition & music APIs, their app creates personalized playlists based on your mood:

MusicFace in action

While MusicFace isn’t great at recognizing Indians, it does a solid job with mood & happiness. Try it out for yourself and tell me about your experience!

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2017 Neal Shyam