Artificial Intelligence

When you think all that Facebook is doing is get yet another timeline layout to hate, the tech giant is actually making strides in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Its AI can now apparently mimic human expressions accurately.

A machine in Facebook’s artificial intelligence laboratory was able to mimic human expressions with surprising accuracy thanks to more than 200 footage of Skype conversations.

It appears the machine “learned” to make its assessment easier by dividing its perspective of a face into “landmarks” These 68 areas helped it different small and big changes in expression.

This information came courtesy of a report released by Facebook researchers, which New Scientist was able to find. They said this “learning tactic” revealed that while faces are different, there are certain changes within these “landmarks” that are common, especially when dealing with expressions.

The next part of the project was to have the machine look at a video of humans speaking. It was tasked to choose the most appropriate facial response to the situation. This means at the time humans “laugh,” the machine will be opening its mouth as well.

The last part of the project was to have a panel “rate” the how much the robot “appears” to be human with its expressions. The panel did declare the robot’s expressions were very much like a human’s after its expressions were placed alongside a person’s.

While smiling killer robots do indeed seem extra frightening, this doesn’t mean AI will eventually render humans extinct, at least not yet. The researchers do hope their research would help make robots appear more “human,” which can help consumers feel more comfortable.

The researchers will present their study by the end of the month at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.