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Wouldn't You Like Alexa Better if It Knew When It Was Annoying You?

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

What could your computer, phone, or other gadget do differently if it knew how you were feeling? Rana el Kaliouby, founder and CEO of Affectiva, is considering the possibilities of such a world. Speaking at the Computer History Museum last week, el Kaliouby said that she has been working to teach computers to read human faces since 2000 as a PhD student at Cambridge University. "I remember being stressed," she says. "I had a paper deadline, and "Clippy" [that's Microsoft's ill-fated computer assistant] would pop up and do a little twirl and say'It looks like you are writing a letter.'