View Full Version : Affective computing

Mr Rid
04-19-2012, 03:27 PM
Imagine having every moment of your life recorded in detail and could go back in time to any moment, zoom in to any viewing angle to see and hear, and study all the algorithms that shaped that moment (at least you could always find your keys!). And imagine knowing how the person you are interacting with is actually feeling and reacting to you.

It being autism awareness month, I was thinking about a good friend who works with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and was struggling to imagine how computer animation might be used in any way to help. I saw a fascinating lecture on UCTV about the use of skin sensors, cameras, computer tech and graphics for autism and child development research.

The end of the lecture went into this experiment where an MIT researcher rigged his house with cameras to record 90,000 hours of video and 140,000 hours of audio to document every moment of the first 3 years of his child's life. The data analysis is most intriguing- 'Birth of a Word' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE4ce4mexrU

Another interesting tech springing from autism research is in 'affective computing' where computers attempt to interpret and respond to user emotion, and relay to other people.
Use of webcam as sensor- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dmqR1X0TZA&feature=player_detailpage#t=335s

It would be nice if something beneficial comes of all this beyond being a marketing researcher's wet dream.


04-19-2012, 05:20 PM
Thank you.
Much to look over.
I work with a few; my best 3d student has it. Got a place for him where you work?

Animation helps, particularly if they are light-based/sensitive in their behavior.
LW seems to be particularly friendly with this crowd, for me, as it allows for some frenetic interaction, 3 or so ways, which allows for some variation when they want it. Macs and a mac keyboard seriously screw this up. Aesthetically, it's better to have the screwed up keyboard. (or so I'm gonna go with this year.)
The readers in this crowd are a lot of fun if they can read instructional material and have an interest.

Nice thread. Thanks.

04-19-2012, 05:38 PM
I saw this a while back when I was on my TED "kick". Lots of great stuff there.

The "Birth of a word" section was neat but the part where he grew it out to track social media "trends" could have been a talk on its own.

Mr Rid
04-19-2012, 06:19 PM
the part where he grew it out to track social media "trends" could have been a talk on its own.

Right, its neat but unfortunately thats where I see emphasis veering off into big finance interests in marketing research and manipulation for profit, instead of for social insight or helping anyone besides figuring out how to sell more i-sumthings, or how to watchdog the public more.