Emotional Landscapes

Human emotions from the perspective of an artificial intelligence



prefrontal cortex

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Intel’s headquarters lobby in Santa Clara

Science fiction novels and films usually paint a very one-sided picture of how rationally calculating and cold an artificial intelligence works. In fact, however, AIs are already an important part of our daily lives and it is therefore essential to actively shape the future of and with AI.  So how about a new, positive vision of artificial intelligence in which an emotional dialog is created?

The user, in turn, sees both his own image and the AI’s interpretation at the center of the composition and can playfully experiment with his expressions. In this way, a dialogue, an exchange, and a mutual learning of emotions and scenic expression are created.

A set of cameras scans the active viewer’s face for 5 pre-trained emotions – happy, surprised, angry, sad and neutral – and adjusts the visualization on the wall according to the result. A laughing face sprouts colorful flowers, while a rage-distorted expression fills the scene with sharp and dangerous shapes. The facial recognition AI also reacts to “mixed emotions” in real time and merges different colors, lights and organic shapes on the canvas. This is made possible by Intel’s Open Vino Toolkit, which uses specially trained deep-learning models to recognize and process emotions on dedicated hardware.

If you like what you see, you’re just the kind of person we’d love to work with. 

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