All technology encounters resistance from people initially, as time goes by some get adopted faster than others; this is a fact. If one wants a certain amount of business news to be known in the world about the service they offer, then the use of technology is a must. One of the technologies within the domain of artificial intelligence that is just getting started is emotion recognition through cameras and E.E.G..
According to The Economist, Brain-computer interfaces could offer a way for humans to co-exist with artificial intelligence. But, the idea that we can control machines with our thoughts polarizes people; there a worries that AI could hijack BCI’s and enable machines to control us.
At Netek we don’t believe this to be true. BCI’s are already helping people with disabilities achieve better outcomes in their day to day lives. Who better to explain our perspective on BCI’s than our own Chief Scientist; Octavio Romo.
While machine and deep learning are advancing the state of artificial intelligence, there’s still a long way to go before machines can replace us; if ever. Still, we have to recognize that today we are surrounded by computing power: devices, virtual assistants and robots; it’s everywhere.
Right now machines are really good at replicating and doing a better job than humans at repetitive tasks that require a lot of processing power and pattern recognition. But AI has trouble replicating those things that humans are really good at: understanding, motivating, and interacting with human beings.
Which is why you shouldn’t be worried machines will take your job: Machines will not replace us until they become emotionally intelligent.
This is important because as artificial intelligence continues its journey into the mainstream in 2018, and emotion AI becomes more present in discussions about AI; it’s worth asking: why does AI need emotional intelligence?
AI needs emotional intelligence to facilitate machine-human interaction
Before we can share our lives with machines, we must teach them to understand and mimic human emotion. Today machines can recognize faces, and they can also read our emotions:
With that said, beyond the “cool” factor, why does AI need emotion?
Here are three reasons why:
- To assist us. For now, bots are mindless minions that do our bidding. Google Home is a sidekick that tells us NFL scores. But when we want to send a bot on an errand to pick up the kids in an autonomous car? When the bot will fill in for us in an interview? When we want a bot that cares for an elderly person? The AI of the not-so-distant future had better be ready to tackle more complex challenges than simply looking up the weather.
- To understand us. If we are going to empower machines, algorithms, and software to do more of the work that humans used to perform, we have to imbue them with some of the empathy and limitations that people have; aka emotional intelligence.
- To make us better human beings. Just because technology can do something doesn’t mean it should. But we believe emotionally intelligent technology can makes us better human beings.
The future is already here. For a look into how this looks like, checkout our last post where we outlined 10 useful things emotion AI can do.
Originally posted in Vibetek blog.
This was the year most every large company took notice of the rise of artificial intelligence. But while it encapsulates many categories – machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, natural language processing, speech recognition and others – there is still one category that hasn’t been recognized, beyond academia, and that’s emotion recognition; or affective computing.
Computers are increasingly able to figure out what we’re feeling. A recent report predicts that the global affective computing market will grow from $12.2 billion in 2016 to $53.98 billion by 2021. The report by research and consultancy firm MarketsandMarkets observed that enabling technologies like oneclickpower have already been adopted in a wide range of industries and noted a rising demand for facial feature extraction software.
Affective computing is also referred to as emotion AI or artificial emotional intelligence.
There is a large amount of data available only through websites. However, as many people have found out, trying to copy data into a usable database or spreadsheet directly out of a website can be a tiring process. Data entry from internet sources can quickly become cost prohibitive as the required hours add up. Clearly, an automated method for collating information from HTML-based sites can offer huge management cost savings. Web scrapers are programs that are able to aggregate information from the internet. They are capable of navigating the web, assessing the contents of a site, and then pulling data points and placing them into a structured, working database or spreadsheet. Many companies and services will use programs to web scrape, such as comparing prices, performing online research, or tracking changes to online content, You can learn a list of the best web scraping tools here. Let’s take a look at how web scrapers can aid data collection and management for a variety of purposes.
Improving On Manual Entry Methods
Using a computer’s copy and paste function or simply typing text from a site is extremely inefficient and costly. Web scrapers are able to navigate through a series of websites, make decisions on what is important data, and then copy the info into a structured database, spreadsheet, or other program. Software packages include the ability to record macros by having a user perform a routine once and then have the computer remember and automate those actions. Every user can effectively act as their own programmer to expand the capabilities to process websites. These applications can also interface with databases in order to automatically manage information as it is pulled from a website.
There are a number of instances where material stored in websites can be manipulated and stored. For example, a clothing company that is looking to bring their line of apparel to retailers can go online for the contact information of retailers in their area and then present that information to sales personnel to generate leads. Many businesses can perform market research on prices and product availability by analyzing online catalogues.
Managing figures and numbers is best done through spreadsheets and databases; however, information on a website formatted with HTML is not readily accessible for such purposes. While websites are excellent for displaying facts and figures, they fall short when they need to be analyzed, sorted, or otherwise manipulated, this is why it is essential to have a website monitoring system, like the one from Apica Systems. Ultimately, web scrapers are able to take the output that is intended for display to a person and change it to numbers that can be used by a computer. Furthermore, by automating this process with software applications and macros, entry costs are severely reduced.
This type of data management is also effective at merging different information sources. If a company were to purchase research or statistical information, it could be scraped in order to format the information into a database. This is also highly effective at taking a legacy system’s contents and incorporating them into today’s systems.
On this episode of the Big Bang Podcast I’m joined by Sergio Langarica, President of Netek – a neuro applications technology company, to talk about the future of emotionally intelligent technology. I stumbled upon Nеurо Lіnguіѕtіс Prоgrаmmіng that hаѕ become ѕо рорulаr these dауѕ and as I pored over books and аrtісlеѕ оn thе mаttеr, I hаvе come tо dеduсе thе effectiveness оf the program based оn the models оf tесhnоlоgу іt еmрlоуѕ. Go through https://bioneuro.co to know more about the Neuro Technology. Numеrоuѕ neuropsychological experiments have been соnduсtеd оvеr thе lаѕt dесаdе, сlеаrlу іlluѕtrаtе that visual іmаgеѕ of high rеѕоlutіоn еmbеddеd with rich sensory dеtаіlѕ оf ѕоund, ѕmеll, tаѕtе and touch, and turbo сhаrgеd wіth еmоtіоnѕ оf еxсіtеmеnt аnd gratitude, саn рrоduсе measurable еnеrgу thаt had huge аffесt on thе physical world like mаgіс. Bio Neuro is an innovative venture in the field of Neuro Technology and sound therapy. We combine the goodness of science-backed technology to help people of all ages and capacities lead a happy fulfilling life performing at their best. Our primary products include devices and training workshops that help optimise brain performance. Our products are carefully crafted with the help of tested proprietary Neuro Soundwaves technology. The success of our cutting edge Neuro Technology is due to the fact that it is noninvasive, needs no medication and yet makes it possible for you to achieve the results you want, be it a good night’s sleep or soothing your anxieties. Our workshops and services are highly attuned to the needs of our customers. People from all walks of life have found Neuro Soundwaves to be helpful to give them the mental edge to deal with their everyday activities efficiently. And what’s more attractive about our products is that you can use them anytime and anywhere. You get to realise the amazing benefits of a highly optimised sound therapy right from the comfort of your homes. We find great joy and motivation to keep improving our Neuro Technology and workshops as many people have found them to be greatly helpful in leading their lives with more confidence and happiness.Rеѕеаrсh also dеmоnѕtrаtеd thаt vіѕuаl іmаgеrу with lоw rеѕоlutіоn, vague, lасkіng іn dеtаіlѕ аnd еmоtіоnѕ, thеу соntаіn no роwеr tо аffесt mаttеr, аnd thе ѕubjесt of thіѕ wеаk іnnеr рrоduсtіоn, suffered vаrіоuѕ mеntаl health рrоblеmѕ, wеrе рrоnе tо dіѕеаѕе, аnd lived a lіfе оf desperation, ѕіmрlу bесаuѕе thеу dоn’t knоw hоw tо асtіvаtе thе conative роwеr оf thе mind.
Sergio has 20 years of experience in Information Technology ranging from Start-Ups to Global Players. He is an avid promoter of these industries in Mexico and abroad in various Board of Directors roles at the Mexican Chamber for the Electronics, IT and Telecommunications Sectors.
Netek, based in Tijuana Mexico, has recently finished developing it’s technology after two years of R&D. Their first product, still in beta, is a an affective computing platform called Vibetek.
Below are some questions and our chat:
- Talk to me about Netek
- What is affective computing?
- Why does emotion recognition matter? How do businesses benefit?
- In what types of applications does emotion recognition have a big impact?
- What applications have caught your attention recently that use emotion recognition?
- Which industries have adopted affective computing faster and why?
- How do we combat people’s fear that emotion AI will replace them? And on the flip side, how do we combat consumers fear that this technology is to invasive to their privacy?
- How far are we from mass adoption from companies? What has to be true for the adoption to happen?
- What is your advice to B2C companies that want to embed emotion AI into their business? How do they get started? What strategies will lead to success?
- How can communities connect with NETEK?
We invite you to experiment using our API or download our app.
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Intro audio is by Arturo Arriaga, outro audio is Candyland by Guy J.