'Poker face' stripped away by new-age tech

Dolby Laboratories chief scientist Poppy Crum says sensors and artificial intelligence are joining forces to reveal whether some
Dolby Laboratories chief scientist Poppy Crum says sensors combined with artificial intelligence can reveal whether someone is lying, infatuated, or poised for violence

Dolby Laboratories chief scientist Poppy Crum tells of a fast-coming time when technology will see right through people no matter how hard they try to hide their feelings.

Sensors combined with artificial intelligence can reveal whether someone is lying, infatuated, or poised for violence, Crum detailed at a big ideas TED Conference.

"It is the end of the poker face," Crum said.

"We broadcast our emotions. We will know more about each other than we ever have."

Eye dilation reveals how hard a brain is working, and heat radiating from the skin signals whether we are stressed or even romantically piqued.

The amount of exhaled can signal how riled up someone, or a crowd, is getting. Micro-expressions and chemicals in breath reveal feelings.

The timing of someone's speech can expose whether they are at risk of dementia, diabetes, , or , according to the neuroscientist.

Brain waves can indicate whether someone's attention is elsewhere in a room, regardless of the fact their gaze is locked on the person in front of them.

Technology exists to read such cues and, combined with that can analyze patterns and factor in context, can magnify empathy if used for good or lead to abuses if used to oppress or manipulate, said Crum.

"It is really scary on one level, but on another level it is really powerful," Crum said.

"We can bridge the emotional divide."

She gave examples of a high school counselor being able to tell whether a seemingly cheery student is having a hard time, or police quickly knowing if someone acting bizarrely has a health condition or is criminally violent.

One could skip scanning profiles on dating apps and, instead, scan people for genuine interest.

Artists would be able to see the emotional reactions people have to their creations.

"I realize a lot of people are having a hard time with people sharing our data, or knowing something we didn't want to share," Crum said.

"I am not looking to create a world where our inner lives are ripped open, but I am looking to create a world where we can care about each other more effectively."

With emotion-reading rooms, smart speakers, or accessories on their way, Crum is keen to see rules in place to make sure benefits are equally available to all while malicious uses are prevented.

"It is something need to realize is here and is going to happen; so let's make it happen in a way we have control over," Crum told AFP.

"We will be able to know more about each other than we ever have. Let's use that for the right reasons rather than the wrong ones."

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Apr 14, 2018
And so, we will soon know the guilt or innocence of a person before we even get to the courtroom.

I wonder if this will work on psychopaths? There will be other ways of detecting them as well. And then we can begin to limit their ability to victimize others.

Apr 15, 2018
Yeah, I hate this woman.

Apr 15, 2018
Well. I don't think I've gotten to the point where I hate C.S. Crum. But that photo of her being all cheery & perky? So early in the morning before I've had my coffee? I could sure incur a strong dislike!

Now the people I am definitely working up a strong hate for? Are those funding this research project and all the other similar "We haven't done anything really stupid lately. Lets invent mind control devices!"

otto, I really admire your optimism and strength of character to be so trusting of the motives and intentions of the apex leaders who will own and control this technology.

Me? Ten million years of programmed monkey instincts for self-preservation, are screaming in the back if my mind "Leopard!!

Cause when you lie down with the apex predator? It is the apex predator who gets up. With a full belly, a toothy grin and lies and lies about "Where'd that lamb go?"

Apr 15, 2018
ImeImeImeImeImeIme. Does Willis ever talk to anyone but himself? And does anyone really care to witness this greasy internal dialogue?

Apr 15, 2018
Well interesting times indeed. Considering we have probably evolved to expose just as much emotion as is beneficial (for everyone), this is worrying.

Apr 15, 2018
Finally the killer app for AR glasses.

Will the hijab finally gain wide appeal?

Apr 15, 2018
Actually I think this is good for us. At least for politicians. Enough of the narcissists aleady.

Apr 15, 2018
Imagine politicians getting up in front of everyone and giving their speeches, and having this stuff used on them.

Apr 18, 2018
Will the hijab finally gain wide appeal?
poker pros use many different methods of hiding 'tells'

- But actually the burqa might be the safest option

"Volunteers who watched video of pro poker players could discern the quality of the cards in play by how the players moved their arms when adding chips to the pot..."

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