AI is getting more in touch with your emotions

first_imgThe EmoNet research study demonstrates how AI can measure emotional significance. ALFRED PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIB/Getty Images Artificial intelligence might one day start communicating our emotions better than we do. EmoNet, neural network model developed by researchers at the University of Colorado and Duke University, was accurately able to classify images into 11 different emotion categories. A neural network is a computer model that learns to map input signals to an output of interest by learning a series of filters, according to Philip Kragel, one of the researchers on the study. For example, a network trained to detect bananas would learn features unique to them, such as shape and color. EmoNet was developed using a database consisting of 2,185 videos that resembled 27 distinct emotion categories, which ranged from anxiety and interest to even sadness and surprise. While the model was able to differentiate images that related to “craving,” “sexual desire” and “horror” at high confidence intervals, it wasn’t as strong in detecting “confusion,” “awe” and “surprise” which were considered more abstract emotions. The neural network used color, spatial power spectra as well as the presence of objects and faces in the images to categorize them. The findings were published in the journal Science Advances last week. The study might provide value to researchers who were previously dependent on participants self-reporting their emotions. Now instead of only relying on subjective responses, scientists can focus on patterns within the visual cortex using AI to better understand a subject’s feelings. Different patterns will “decode” different emotional experiences. “When it comes to measuring emotions, we’re typically still limited only to asking people how they feel,” said Tor Wagner, one of the researchers on the study. “Our work can help move us towards direct measures of emotion-related brain processes.”In addition to new ways to measure emotions, the research team adds that AI could help eliminate labels when it comes to mental health. “Moving away from subjective labels such as ‘anxiety’ and ‘depression’ towards brain processes could lead to new targets for therapeutics, treatments, and interventions,” said Kragel. Decoding human emotions is just one of the latest examples of how researchers are exploring AI. Last month, a team of UN researchers trained an open-source language model to write fake, but convincing, UN speeches. And a recent study by MIT suggested that neural networks could be used to make the perfect pizza.  Share your voice 1 Artificial intelligence (AI) Comment 5:27center_img Now playing: Watch this: The promise of AI Tech Industry Tagslast_img read more

India wants to see fair inclusive polls says BNP

first_img.New Delhi wants to see democratic practice in Bangladesh, India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj was quoted to have told BNP chief Khaleda Zia on Sunday.BNP leaders said Sushma conveyed India’s expectation that the next general elections would be inclusive and fair.The visiting Indian minister held a 45-minute meeting with Khaleda Zia, also a former prime minister, at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.Briefing newsmen about the meeting, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the BNP delegation, at the meeting, raised a number of issues relating to the next parliamentary polls.Demanding polls under caretaker government, the BNP and other opposition political parties had boycotted the general elections held on 5 January 2014.”Sushma Swaraj has said there should a fair election in Bangladesh. India wants the election election commission [of Bangladesh] will hold free and fair election so that all can participate,” Mirza Fakhrul said.The seven-member BNP team was comprised of standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Abdul Moin Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and the BNP chairperson’s adviser Riaz Rahman and Sabiuddin Ahmed.Mirza Fakhrul nentioned that they also discussed the Rohingya issue with the Indian foreign minister.“We want safe return of the Rohingya people to their homeland. Towards this end, India continues to exert pressure on Myanmar,” the BNP leader said quoting the Indian minister.However, there was no one-on-one meeting between Khaleda Zia and Sushma Swaraj unlike their last meeting in 2014.The Indian minister also called on prime minister Sheikh Hasina and also held talks with the foreign minister at the Joint Consultative Committee meeting.last_img read more

Deal To Rebury Sugar Land 95 May Be Falling Apart

first_img Share Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaThis file photo shows archaeologists working at the discovered grave sites in Sugar Land in 2018.The proposed agreement in Fort Bend County for the reburial of the so-called “Sugar Land 95” is increasingly uncertain. Fort Bend County Judge KP George told News 88.7 the county and the Fort Bend Independent School District strongly disagree on how to carry out the reinterment of the remains of 95 African Americans who worked on a Sugar Land plantation under the Texas convict lease system in the late 1800s. George says the process should have court approval, while the school district contends they don’t need it.The remains were discovered in February 2018 by a contractor who was working on the construction site for Fort Bend ISD’s planned James Reese Career Center and Technical Center. The new facility opened Wednesday, the start of the school year for FBISD.The county and the school district have been negotiating an agreement for weeks by which the district would convey 10 acres of land to the county for the remains to be reburied and for a memorial site. The county would be in charge of maintaining the cemetery.On July 11, the district announced the principle terms of the agreement, which included paying the county $1 million “toward future costs associated with reinterment and memorialization.” On July 25 the district announced plans to carry out the reinterment, but that news release omitted the $1 million announced two weeks before.On Monday, FBISD Superintendent Charles Dupre posted an online video statement saying “there is no longer a need for the district to pay the county” because the school district will carry out the reinterment and host a public memorial service.George told News 88.7 he is upset about the district acting “unilaterally” without consulting with the county and said the negotiation is going through “a lot of difficulty.”George said the sticking point isn’t the money, but the issue of court involvement. Attorneys advising the county say Fort Bend could be liable in potential lawsuits from descendants if the reburial is done without court approval. “It’s about the trust and also legal liability, that is the bottom-line,” George said. “There are relatives and even today we don’t know who they are.”George added he can’t support a process over which the county has no control.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The litigation regarding the reburial is at a stalemate. Since the discovery of the remains, Judge James Shoemake, of Harris County’s 434th District Court, has appointed two attorneys to oversee the reinterment process but the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas at Houston has stayed his appointments.FBISD Superintendent Charles Dupre told News 88.7 the attorneys that are advising him say the district can go ahead with the reburial. Dupre said a law the Texas Legislature passed this year allowing Fort Bend County to operate the cemetery also establishes that the school district can carry out the reinterment.“It’s beginning to become undignified that this is becoming a long drawn out process,” Dupre said. “We believe the court process would make it go even longer.”In response to George’s concern about potential lawsuits, Dupre said FBISD has “multiple attorneys telling us that we are in strong legal footing.”Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.As for the financial aspect of the process, Dupre said the district will pay for the reburial and a memorial service. Additionally, FBISD is considering providing money toward the cost of DNA testing of the remains.The superintendent also denied some claims that the district has built a part of the technical center over the site where the remains were originally discovered, as reported by the Houston Chronicle. “Fort Bend ISD did not build on and does not intend to build on any portion or part of the area that has been designated as a historic cemetery,” Dupre said in his online video statement. He said each individual will be reburied in the original space from where they were exhumed.In his interview with News 88.7, Dupre said the cemetery is fully fenced and “for anyone to say that they have photographic proof or any other evidence that we’ve built on the cemetery is simply false.”The FBISD school board plans to vote on the reburial plan at its September 23 meeting. If it’s approved, Dupre said the reburial could start 60 to 90 days after the approval of the contract.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public Media)This June 17, 2019, file photo shows Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds (center) during an event held in Sugar Land.The reinterment of the remains and the planned memorial site has generated strong support from community members and elected officials, including Texas State Representatives Ron Reynolds and D.F. ‘Rick’ Miller, who jointly filed the bill in the state legislature to allow the county to operate the cemetery, and U.S. Representative Al Green. District Attorney Brian Middleton, the first African American to hold that position in Fort Bend County, is also in favor of an agreement for the reinterment.In addition, the issue has gained traction on Twitter with the hashtag #SugarLand95 since the discovery in February 2018.The discovery has also had repercussions for Fort Bend ISD’s curriculum. The district will have a class about the Texas convict lease system starting this school year.last_img read more

Kids with rich vocab shine in school

first_imgKids with larger oral vocabularies are better behaved and are also likely to perform well in school, new research has found.Other research has found that children who do better academically in kindergarten are more likely to go to college, get married, own homes and live in higher-income households.“Our findings provide compelling evidence for oral vocabulary’s theorised importance as a multifaceted contributor to children’s early development,” said lead researcher Paul Morgan, associate professor of education policy studies at Pennsylvania State University in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researchers examined data from parental surveys reporting on the size of their children’s vocabularies at two years of age. The researchers found that vocabulary gaps between groups of children were already evident by this early time period. Females, those from more economically advantaged families, and those receiving higher quality parenting had larger oral vocabularies. Children born with low birth weight or who were being raised by mothers with health problems had smaller vocabularies.When the researchers looked at how the children were doing three years later in kindergarten, they found that children with larger vocabularies at two years of age were better readers, knew more about mathematics, were more attentive and task persistent, and were less likely to engage in acting out- or anxious-type behaviours. The findings appeared in the journal Child Development.last_img read more

Hotels facing US10000 fines for hidden resort fees

first_img Friday, September 15, 2017 Tags: Hawaii Hotels facing US$10,000 fines for hidden resort fees HONOLULU — Resort fees are now rampant in top tourism destinations like Florida, Hawaii, Las Vegas and parts of the Caribbean, however a consumer protection agency in at least one state is pulling out all the stops to bring hidden fees to light, in a move that could drive a hidden fee crackdown in other destinations.The Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection says it’s investigating resort fees charged by hotel operators as part of a nationwide effort to curb hidden industry fees.Hawaii News Now reports that state and federal regulators are cracking down on hotels that charge resort fees without fully disclosing the charges to visitors.The resort fees cover costs of hotel amenities ranging from use of hotel gyms, telephone services, access to business centres and other amenities.Resort fees at Hawaii hotels typically range between US$10 and $40 a night and aren’t usually included in the standard room rate online.Stephen Levins, the Office of Consumer Protection’s executive director, says a hotel operator can be fined up to $10,000 per violation if the resort fees are found to be unfair or deceptive. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Posted by Share Travelweek Group last_img read more