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Software that detects how you feel

Rana el Kaliouby, Machine Learning Specialist

What if your computer could read the expression on your face (or the tone of your voice) and know how you’re feeling? This is the question Rana el Kaliouby asked when she built an AI tool that examines every micro-muscle in the human face to detect universal emotions – happiness, fear, grief, disgust. Through her company Affectiva, Rana wants to make technology more human. But in the wrong hands, could this emotion-reading engine take advantage of us at our most vulnerable moments?


“Any technology in human history is neutral. It’s how we decide to use it.”

— Rana El Kaliouby