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Now You Can Upload a Photo and Calculate Its Emotions

Dave LeClair 13-11-2015

Microsoft recently released an online tool that looks at a given photo This Rule of Light Will Instantly Improve Your Photos Having trouble with lighting in your photos? This one principle might be the reason why. Read More and calculates the emotional index of the subject in said photo. Here’s how you can use it right now, either for fun 4 Ways Watching Movies Used To Be More Fun You might not have realized that your enthusiasm for movies is waning. It's no longer the good old days. and I'm sure watching movies used to be more fun... Read More  or for practical use.


You’ll need to head to this page to get access to Microsoft’s Project Oxford Emotion API. From there, you can upload your own images (or enter an image URL to pull one from the Internet) and after a few seconds of analysis and calculations, you should see emotion data.

Microsoft Project Oxford Emotion

The tool recognizes eight core emotions: anger Outrage Porn Is Making You Angry And Dumb, Stop Looking At It Revenge porn is articles, pictures, cartoons or other media that are carefully crafted (either intentionally or not) to make people like you very offended, and very angry. Read More , contempt, fear, disgust, happiness, neutral, sadness, and surprise. Each emotion is given a numerical value.

If developed further, this technology could be used in many ways that will inevitably impact society in a major way.

For example, we could see ads in cities I Followed Click Bait Internet Ads, Here's What I Found I decided to find out more about online ads by doing what no one actually does: actually click them. Read More that detect your mood and change accordingly for maximum impact. Restaurants could capture real-time analyses of how their patrons feel. And the possibilities in interactive media are endless.


Play around and tell us what you think of the Emotion API. Do you think it could change the world? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    November 14, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Skynet has become self-aware. I just checked the calendar: it went from 2015 to 1984.