Under an umbrella term called Project Oxford, the leading software corporation has developed a suit of APIs designed to guess user intent, personality and emotions. This includes a tool that can guess your age from a photo , natural language processing algorithms and, most recently, an app that can guess emotions based on an uploaded photo.

The tool was announced at  Microsoft’s Future Decoded conference in the UK. Basically, the software will analyze a given photo ( least 36 pixels square and smaller than 4MB in size, for now), identify a face and give a score for the various kinds of emotions it manages to interpret. The highest value, or the best guess, will show up first. You can try it yourself here. I uploaded some and shared below.

microsoft emotions

More like petulant, but pretty accurate.

 

Must be some silent Samurai stare the Microsoft software is interpreting.

Must be some silent Samurai stare the Microsoft software is interpreting.

Frankly, I expected this photo would crash the software.

Frankly, I expected this photo would crash the software. Can’t get more neutral than Steven Seagal.

A perfect "happy" score.

A perfect “happy” score.

Obviously, this isn’t perfect but since this is based on machine learning, the software will only get better as more and more people upload photos. Share some of your results in the comment section. This should be fun.

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