Now Skynet can tell when you fake a smile

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In the future panopticon society of all-seeing robots, don’t count on expressing your loyalty to our metal masters with a halfhearted grin.

MIT boffins have already trained computers to recognize real smiles of delight from smiles borne out of frustration. And natch, they can already do it better than us lowly meatsacks.

In a paper published in IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, Media Lab graduate student Ehsan Hoque and colleagues present some interesting results of experiments related to human psychology and computer vision.

Subjects were filmed while watching a cute baby video or while filling out a long form designed to frustrate them. When they were asked to put on a frustrated expression, 90 percent didn’t smile. But when they were filling out the form and suddenly all the data were deleted, 90 percent of them did smile.

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