Computers are learning to read emotion, and the business world can’t wait

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Affective computing refers to human computer interaction in which a device can detect and appropriately respond to a user's emotions. This important field promises a vast array of applications and investment opportunities, as well as heralding deep social evolution. The linked article traces the field's development and touches on different applications: some practical (cars detecting drowsiness), some less (Kleenex sending you a coupon when you have been detected in a sad moment), and some scary (Dubai's projected "Happiness Index" measuring social contentment).

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