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Computer Spots Fakers Better Than People Do 62

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Using sophisticated pattern matching software, researchers have had substantially better success with a computer, than was obtained with human subjects, in spotting faked facial expressions of pain. [Original, paywalled article in Current Biology] From the Reuters piece: '... human subjects did no better than chance — about 50 percent ...', 'The computer was right 85 percent of the time.'"
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Computer Spots Fakers Better Than People Do

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  • Hollywood (Score:5, Interesting)

    by AlphaWolf_HK ( 692722 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @06:12PM (#46554059)

    Perhaps watching faked facial expressions on TV and whatnot has dulled our ability to distinguish them?

  • Re:Hollywood (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Artifakt ( 700173 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @07:34PM (#46554441)

    In the 1970's there was a book called "Four Arguments for the Abolition of Television", or something like that. One of the arguments was the limited image quality of the 512 line scan made even very poorly faked emotions very hard to distinguish from the real thing, and so children who got their learning examples of human expressions from TV would have a hard time telling who was really feeling emotions or just faking them. The author also claimed that emotions such as Rage, Fear, and Strong Suffering would come through better than subtler emotions such as Boredom, Fondness or Compassion, so TV scripts would come to emphasize those emotions which at least somewhat worked and ignore the rest. Perhaps there's something to these ideas.

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