June 21, 2017
To demonstrate the power of a new chip that can run artificially intelligent algorithms, researchers at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain have put it in a doll and programmed it to recognize emotions in facial images captured by a small camera.
Credit: Oscar Deniz/University of Castilla-La Mancha
Researchers at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain have developed a doll equipped with a new computer chip that can run artificially intelligent (AI) algorithms, and have programmed it to recognize emotions in facial images captured by a small camera.
The doll can recognize eight emotions, including surprise and happiness, all while running on a small battery without doing any processing in the cloud.
“In the near future, we will see a myriad of eyes everywhere that will not just be watching us, but trying to help us,” says University of Castilla-La Mancha professor and project leader Oscar Deniz. He says one advantage of the new chip not needing the Internet to function is privacy.
In addition, Deniz says operating computer-vision algorithms locally is important for other potential applications, such as in self-driving cars.
Boston University’s Massimiliano Versace notes moving away from dependence on the cloud is a vital step for AI.
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