Computers Can Now Tell If You’re Nice or Mean [Video]

Can’t get a date, fellow geeks? Perhaps it’s your face. No, we not putting you down: it’s just that people are known to make snap judgments on whether other people are nice or mean, trustworthy or a crook, competent or inept in the first fraction of a second upon seeing their faces.

Now, computer scientists have created a software that can do this, too: [Source]

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5 Responses to Computers Can Now Tell If You’re Nice or Mean [Video]

  1. I have personally read peoples faces very wrong on a number of occasions, one time in particular comes to mind, it was another guys face, he looked not very friendly and closed off, when we spoke he was so nice and friendly, easy going and a pleasure to be around.

    My own face looks like im frightened of people but at the same time friendly looking, i am actually very polite, quite well mannered, but can turn on the nasty side when necessary, to the extreme too.

    Im not sure that a computer can be any better at this, the day i will be impressed is when a computer can pick up on an individuals current emotion at the time, that might be more useful.

  2. Psychology research on the subject of facial displays of trustworthiness pretty much concludes that; those who appear most trustworthy are often least, and those who appear least are often most.

    Sociopaths for example succeed at suppressing their emotional reactions, which gives them the edge to be able to present a persona that is comforting to their victims. Though this is the characteristic trait of a sociopath, more generally, it is a common mode of interaction. We generally do not display our real emotions and instead try very hard to always appear positive, loving and genuinely concerned. But, underneath our poised appearances, we are largely driven by self-presentational concerns.

  3. Put this way; our society is awash in self-presentational concerns. There is more emphasis on looking-good than being-good, and most of us succeed at the former while ignoring the latter. For many of us; it doesn't matter if what we do is wrong, as long as we are respected/loved for it. People who are preoccupied with self-presentational concerns are least trustworthy, it is not a common good, or even your good that concerns them, it is maintaining a positive self-image.

    "Why are we, so blind to see, that the ones we hurt are you and me? We've been spending most our lives living in a gangsta's paradise."

    • Ryan! I'm happy to see you here. Can't wait to start posting more at Neato again–I always look forward to your comments. :)

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