Friday, December 16, 2005

Software Says Mona Lisa 83 Percent Happy, 9 Percent Disgusted


The Dutch have put their cutting-edge emotion-recognition software to good use by scanning the Mona Lisa:
The result showed the painting's famous subject was 83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted, 6 percent fearful and 2 percent angry. She was less than 1 percent neutral, and not at all surprised.

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Harro Stokman, a professor at the University of Amsterdam involved in the experiment, said the researchers knew the results would be unscientific —the software isn't designed to register subtle emotions. So it couldn't detect the hint of sexual suggestion or disdain many have read into Mona Lisa's eyes.

In addition, the technology is designed for use with modern digital films and images, and subjects first need to be scanned in a neutral emotionless state to accurately detect their current emotion.
Link. Unfortunately the software could not determine how Mona Lisa felt about secretly being Leonardo da Vinci.

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Image credits: L.H.O.O.Q. by Marcel Duchamp, 1919.