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Researchers Propose Neural Network To Assess Your State of Mind From Your Voice (thestack.com) 37

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers in Australia have proposed a system to analyse a user's voice and recognise how they are feeling, long term. The system uses a Deep Neural Network (DNN) to compare the user's tone of voice to those that he or she is talking to, in order to build up long-term data about potential cyclic changes in mood, rather than attempting to recognise whether someone is happy or sad in a particular moment.
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Researchers Propose Neural Network To Assess Your State of Mind From Your Voice

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  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Tuesday March 22, 2016 @11:08PM (#51758609)

    Gotta work on my Nicholson imitation.

  • I already know I'm homicidal 24x7...

    • I can see the Amazon Prime ad stating, "People who are homicidal bought these guns."
      • by jafiwam ( 310805 )

        I can see the Amazon Prime ad stating, "People who are homicidal bought these guns."

        That would be Google.

        Amazon doesn't sell firearms (or advertise for them) or automatic knives and a whole bunch of other stuff... mostly based on if it's illegal in some state or other.

        You can still get a lot of stuff the Feds don't want you to have though. ;)

    • I can see it now. After 90 minutes to check in and a breakdown of the scanner at security, the TSA agent informs you that the audio analyzer detected you being agitated and, for safety reasons, they will not allow you to fly.

  • Soon we'll have this programmed into vending machines. Imagine the possibilities! A vending machine that can discern when you feel like a nut, and when you don't. Or that tells you how angry you get when you're hungry, and offers a Snickers bar.
    • You remember what your parents said about accepting candy from strange machines?
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Soon we'll have this programmed into vending machines. Imagine the possibilities!
      A vending machine that can discern when you feel like a nut, and when you don't.
      Or that tells you how angry you get when you're hungry, and offers a Snickers bar.

      You could even have one that serves beverages almost but not entirely unlike tea.

  • The next thing you know, they'll come up with a way to determine my age from what percentage of the day I'm grumpy. Which reminds me..."YOU KIDS GET OUTTA MY YARD!"

    (Is it nap time yet?)

  • If management wants to know how I honestly feel, all they have to do is ask.

  • by LifesABeach ( 234436 ) on Tuesday March 22, 2016 @11:50PM (#51758727)
    Is anyone else thinking, "The Men Who Stare at Goats"?
  • Struth mate (Score:4, Funny)

    by OzPeter ( 195038 ) on Wednesday March 23, 2016 @12:18AM (#51758789)

    Don't come the raw prawn with me .. you know things ain't gonna be bonzer if you think I've a few roo's loose in the top paddock. It's just that I've been flat out like lizard drinking and only want a bit of a chinwag and maybe four'n'twenty or a chico roll. But if I can't get me another ice cold Vic after all my hard yakka then I'm gonna get all stroppy and call up my dear ol' Aunty Jack. I don't know how that big black bike of her's is running these days, but stone the crows if she doesn't spit the dummy and rip someone's bloody arm off - especially if it's some septic dill who doesn't have a clue about what's daggy and what's not true blue. Man I'd love to have a captain's at that! It'd be the best fun this side of the black stump. BTW you interested in kicking in for a slab or two? I'm headed for the drive through and wanted to pick up some extra tinnies for the arvo. I was going to catch lift with another mate but that drongo pranged yesterday. He was so dead set to fang out that the stupid galah took a sickie and was hooning around like some yobbo and almost ended up under a semi. He had to chuck a quick uey and shoot through before the boys in blue got there . When his missus found out she went so troppo 'cause the rego hasn't been paid yet. Last I heard he went bush and was grousing about not having a brass razzoo to his name. But even blind freddy can tell you that bludger has buckley's of getting flush . He'd rather flake out with his esky than give anything a burl. Anyway I'm bushed now, so I'm goin' to quit yarning and find a ripper spot for my swag that's not within cooee of my boss cocky. And don't worry about those slabs .. if I have any more right now I'm going to cark it. Just don't dob me in to where I've gone walkabout.

  • by plopez ( 54068 ) on Wednesday March 23, 2016 @12:37AM (#51758857) Journal

    when I forget my meds.....

  • We now have 2-voiced. ......somewhere is a joke about a monkey with 2 asses.
  • Maybe they could use this kind of technology on VRU systems and find out how much customers actually hate them, or Comcast could run the program and listen to me cursing under my breath while I wait on hold for 'an available operator' to come on and screw me over...

    • There are actually VRUs that already do this. They forward you to a operator if they detect you're getting frustrated. I think some of them also listen for expletives being uttered and use that for a cue. They started doing this where if the VRU stopped understanding what you're saying it would forward to an operator rather than keep trying over and over.
  • I hear that you've been feelin' down. Well, I can ease your pain. Get you on your feet again.

  • I can see it now, the spooks will enforce audio bug implants. Then they will implement the new preventative criminal/terrorist detection and detention scheme. Finally a perfected crime prevention solution.

  • Imagine a computer that uses voice recognition to gain access, but also determines from the sound of your voice if you are under any kind of duress, and so voice recognition will fail. Even in regions where one might be sent to jail for not giving law enforcement access to your devices until they cooperate, if you showed them that you could not access your system on demand, could they also throw you in jail for refusing too to grant them access without feeling like you were being forced to?

    I am restric

    • by PPH ( 736903 )

      Imagine a computer that uses voice recognition to gain access,

      "You'll never take me alive, copper. I'm armed to the teeth."*

      Honest, officer. That's my pass phrase.

      *In my best James Cagney voice (I know, he never said that).

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Speech researchers have been doing this for decades -- see many papers from Interspeech and ICASSP conferences. (Though presumably this lot can afford a bigger parallel/GPU computer to run their neural net on than last year's lot).

  • everybody with their own pet project, oh, mood recognition, oh speech recognition, oh, visual recognition.

    eventually you get to the point where the only piece missing from a functional AI is the consolidation of all these bits and bobs.

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