15 Nov

Affective Computing Senses your Emotions and Hamilton Almost Dueled Monroe

This Smithsonian Magazine article on affective computing and how it can be used to automatically interpret the emotions on your face.

“[It] analyzes them for expressions of seven basic emotions: happiness, sadness, surprise, fear, anger, disgust and contempt, plus interest and confusion. Smile, and you can see the measure of happiness shoot up; curl your lip in a sneer and the program notes your disgust.”

This Smithsonian Magazine story about when James Monroe and Alexander Hamilton almost dueled, but was convinced otherwise by Aaron Burr.

“It was Burr, not Hamilton or Monroe, who was convinced the pair should avoid a duel. The men were being ‘childish,’ he felt. ‘The Thing will taken an amicable Course,’ he told Monroe. He worked as an intermediary between the pair as they continued to write asking whether the other was actually issuing a challenge to a duel.”

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02 Nov

Internet of Things in our Homes and 3D Modeling Lee Harvey Oswald

This Harvard Business Review piece on how the Internet of Things is becoming incorporated into our daily lives.

“[A]s the Internet of Things scales up and becomes more ubiquitous, many experiences will become available in everyday homes, at less exorbitant prices. These could be IoT platforms that connect smart devices and sensors to augment everyday moments by tapping into sensory aspects of our environment like visuals, temperatures, and sounds.”

This Smithsonian Magazine story that uses 3D modeling to investigate the authenticity of a famous photo showing John F. Kennedy’s assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

“The Warren Commission, which investigated the circumstances surrounding the assassination, concluded that the photo shows Oswald with the same rifle used to shoot Kennedy. But doubts about everything from the shadows to Oswald’s pose have persisted ever since.”

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