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## Algorithms Determine Mona Lisa's True Emotions349

caffeinemessiah writes "The BBC reports that researchers at UIUC and the University of Amsterdam, Holland have used "emotion recognition" software to determine Mona Lisa's true emotions. The algorithm is based on a library of neutral face images of young women and determined that Mona Lisa was 83% happy and 9% disgusted." From the article: "The program, developed with researchers at the University of Illinois, US, draws on a database of young female faces to derive an average 'neutral' expression. The software uses this average expression as the standard for comparisons. The New Scientist says that software capable of recognising emotions just by looking at photographs could lead to PCs that adjust their response depending on the user's mood. "
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## Algorithms Determine Mona Lisa's True Emotions

• #### You know (Score:3, Funny)

<fidelcatsro AT gmail DOT com> on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:12PM (#14272556) Journal
First time I saw the painting I said "She looks bored ".
She had likely been sitting there for hours having her painting done , likely irritated , in need of the toilet and bored .

Perhaps since the knew study is out , we have discovered that Da Vinci painted naked and was fairly good looking . She was probably thinking "Oh dear lord , he is nude . Oh wait , fairly hot body though .. must not look interested , I don't want to appear easy , but Meooooow"
• #### And... (Score:5, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:12PM (#14272557) Homepage
83% happy and 9% disgusted

and 8% lost, seemingly.
• #### Clippy 2008 (Score:5, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:13PM (#14272563) Homepage
Clippy: Ok man, I was just saying... I should really just go, sorry.
• #### So... (Score:5, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:13PM (#14272564) Homepage Journal
She did have gas.
• #### I don't buy it (Score:5, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:14PM (#14272577)
Mona Lisa is a woman, how can any software possibly tell what she is really thinking?
• #### ML was also 8% bored... (Score:1, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:15PM (#14272585)
• #### translated into "emoticon recognition" (Score:5, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:18PM (#14272619)

83% happy

.83(:-))

• #### The Slashdot Method (Score:5, Funny)

<null@nOsPam.filmcritic.com> on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:20PM (#14272636) Homepage
I find this story 83% Interesting and 9% Funny.
• #### Re:I don't buy it (Score:2, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:20PM (#14272638) Homepage Journal
As long as it's also not female; because women can't tell you how they're feeling, either. You're just supposed to KNOW.
• #### Re:Golden Ratio (Score:2, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:22PM (#14272649) Homepage Journal
83% happy and 9% disgusted

To achieve fulfilment, a woman should strive for balance.

So ... on the back of her carriage, Mona Lisa La Giaconda should have had a brass plaque which said

I'm 50% Happy and 50% Disgusted. Don't push it
• #### Clippy of doom! (Score:2, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:26PM (#14272694)
could lead to PCs that adjust their response depending on the user's mood

Lovely, now clippy can pop up with "You look like you're frustrated as hell with Microsoft Office. Would you like to buy some Microsoft stock?"

Death to clippy!
• #### Warning Signs (Score:5, Funny)

<satan@programmer.net> on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:28PM (#14272717)
software capable of recognising emotions just by looking at photographs could lead to PCs that adjust their response depending on the user's mood.

If your computer says "I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you," then you should pull the plug immediately.

• #### 200% (Score:2, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:29PM (#14272718) Homepage
I want to try and trick it and simultaneously make all the expressions that i can. I could be 17% happy, 40% confused, and 85% constipated.
• #### Re:Waste of time... (Score:4, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:34PM (#14272763) Journal
"I *could have* played with my pecker all morning and come up with something more useful than this." (emphasis mine)

Eww. I always just discard that stuff, what do you do with it that makes it so useful?
• #### Re:And... (Score:2, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:36PM (#14272782) Homepage
Kinda how Dutch locals look at you when they realize you are a drug tourist. Or how you look at them. I forget.
• #### A programming problem (Score:5, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:38PM (#14272797)
Okay, here are my questions for the Slashdot community:

1) You're writing some code. You call the User Emotional Analysis API, and it reports back that your user is currently "83% happy and 9% disgusted". How should your software "adjust its response" in reaction to this information?

2) What happy/disgusted ratio leads to maximum productivity?

3) What are the odds that the Mona Lisa is a portrait of a Perl programmer?

• #### And the ??? stands for: (Score:5, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:48PM (#14272886) Homepage
(this is actually the first time I play this game, let me know how I'm doing!)

3a. Patent algorithm.
3b. Sue everybody that looks 83% happy or 9% disgusted
• #### The da Vinci Commode (Score:3, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:51PM (#14272905) Homepage Journal
Could her smile be the result of one of da Vinci's inventions [aucklandmuseum.com], ie the vibrating commode that the lady in question was sitting upon?
• #### oh crap... (Score:3, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:52PM (#14272927) Homepage
... so now machines are both better than men in bed, and better at knowing how the women feel?

Guys, we're becoming extinct here...
• #### YES! (Score:5, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:55PM (#14272950)
Hope this helps anyone who wants to learn more about the actual process used to accomplish this recognition.

You can bet your purple pants it does!! I can finally put an end this this scenario:

Wife: "no, there's nothing wrong, I'm not mad at you"
muhahahaha.... thats when I take the polariod and get a snapshot
Me: "Yeah right, we'll just see about that!"

Two weeks later the divorce goes through and my ass is on the curb.
• #### Thank god, I am not the only pervert here (Score:5, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @12:58PM (#14272975) Journal
I thought almost the same thing. Except knowing something about italy she probably said "miaaaoooo".

She has that expression of a woman looking at a naked man and being faintly aroused but also faintly amused at that "last chicken in the poultry shop" display. If your in a long relationship were your girl still fancies you but feels secure enough she doesn't have to constantly worship as a god to keep your ego up you will learn to regonize that look. Oh well it is better then when they break down in laughter while you are trying to pose seductivly. I guess men just aren't designed to look good naked with their socks on.

on Friday December 16, 2005 @01:00PM (#14272997) Journal
• #### 83% happy and 9% disgusted (Score:3, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @01:01PM (#14273008) Homepage
And by a strange co-incidence most slashdot readers' interactions with women produce exactly opposite results.
• #### My new mood-adjusting PC... (Score:4, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @01:01PM (#14273014)
Launching Firefox...
You're bored...
You're horny...
You're horny...
You're disgusted!
You're horny...
You need a cigarette...
You're bored...
• #### Re:oh crap... (Score:3, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @01:01PM (#14273019)
I think if machines were better then men in bed we would have been extinct a long time ago. Luckily due to the massive conspiracy throughout academia to stop women from becoming engineers the risk of the prophecies coming true is minimal.
• #### Re:You know (Score:2, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @01:12PM (#14273105)
So, he was a cross-dresser then?
• #### Pfft! (Score:3, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @01:15PM (#14273143)
I wrote a prorgam that did this on my old Atari 800 back in the computer Steam Age.

I got:
44% "Happy"
12% "Baffled"
21% "Knowing lesbian smirk"
19% "Get your hand off my knee, Leo"
55% "Planning to start new religion"

I also analyzed the brush strokes and built a picture of DaVinci:
54% "Depressed"
61% "Inventive"
10% "Horny"
30% "That's not my hand, Mona"
71% "Must encode holy grail into here somehwere"
11% "She'd make a good tank"

• #### Mona Lisa a Woman? (Score:3, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @02:27PM (#14273660)
90% happy, 10% disgusted sounds like a drag queen to me.
• #### Re:You know (Score:3, Funny)

on Friday December 16, 2005 @05:55PM (#14275985) Journal
The Wikipedia is not documentation for anything. It is a lossy compression system for knowledge. Very lossy.
• #### I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT (Score:3, Funny)

<[corganbilly] [at] [hotmail.com]> on Friday December 16, 2005 @10:09PM (#14277530) Journal
his inability to finish projects he started

Like that helicopter, for instance.

In every non-trivial program there is at least one bug.

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