Amazon Developing Device That Can Recognize Human Emotions


23-05-19 06:47:00,

Amazon is developing a voice-activated gadget that can recognize human emotions. 

The wrist-worn device is described as a health and wellness product according to internal documents reviewed by Bloomberg, which is being developed in partnership with Lab126, the group behind Amazon’s Fire phone and Echo smart speaker. The Alexa voice software team is also involved. 

Designed to work with a smartphone app, the device has microphones paired with software that can discern the wearer’s emotional state from the sound of his or her voice, according to the documents and a person familiar with the program. Eventually the technology could be able to advise the wearer how to interact more effectively with others, the documents show. –Bloomberg

It is unknown how far along the project is, or if the device code-named “Dylan” will ever be brought to market – however work on the project was ongoing recently according to the documents as well as Bloomberg’s source. It is currently being beta tested, though “it’s unclear whether the trial includes prototype hardware, the emotion-detecting software, or both,” according to the report. 

Machines that can understand human emotion has been a longtime theme in science fiction – from Star Trek’s Data, to ‘Mike’ from Robert Heinlein’s 1966 The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

And now, once again, science fiction may become reality, as companies such as Microsoft, Google and IBM – and many others – are developing technologies to decipher emotional states from imagery, audio data and other inputs. Amazon, for example, has discussed a desire to build a more lifelike voice assistant – a technology which could help the company better serve health needs, and of course, better advertise. 

As Bloomberg noted last month, Amazon has a team of employees listening in on and annotating audio clips captured by the company’s popular Echo line of voice-activated products. 

A U.S. patent filed in 2017 describes a system in which voice software uses analysis of vocal patterns to determine how a user is feeling, discerning among “joy, anger, sorrow, sadness, fear, disgust, boredom, stress, or other emotional states.” The patent,

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Is US Government Developing Real-Life Supersoldier, Wonder-Dog In New Research Program?

Is US Government Developing Real-Life Supersoldier, Wonder-Dog In New Research Program?

19-08-18 06:27:00,

The US army has announced a new proposal for what really looks like a program to develop supersoldiers and wonder-dogs capable of fast healing, optimized physiological and mental performance, withstanding extreme environments, and wearing high-tech bio-enhancements and other gear. 

According to documents from the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the “primary emphasis of the USSOCOM Biomedical, Human Performance, and Canine Research Program is to identify and develop techniques… for early intervention in life-threatening injuries, prolonged field care, human performance optimization, and canine medicine/performance.“

The project will allocate $15 million on bio-enhancement studies which could result in soldiers with “enhanced physiological performance” that require a fraction of a normal night’s sleep, as well along with other “human performance optimization,” according to documents from the Defense Department. 

The scope of the project includes: 

  1. Damage Control Resuscitation
    • Global Treatment Strategies and Next Generation Wound Management
    • Analgesia
    • Far Forward Blood, Blood Components, Blood Substitute, & Injectable Hemostatic
    • Austere Surgical Stabilization
  2. Prolonged Field Care (PFC)
    • Medical Sensors and Devices (includes rapidly deployable medical sensors and/or devices for extended care beyond initial trauma resuscitation; wireless biosensors that demonstrate physiological monitoring capabilities; see FOA for details)
  3. Portable Lab Assays and Diagnostics
    • Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) Hazards
  4. Force Health Protection and Environmental Medicine
    • Optimal Acclimatization Strategy
    • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) Rapid Diagnostics, Treatment, and Prophylaxis
    • Operational Monitoring (wireless biosensors in extreme environments and/or hazards materials exposure)
  5. Medical Simulation and Training Technologies
  6. Human Performance Optimization
    • Improve Sleep
    • Diagnostics for Performance Sustainment
    • Nutritional Status
    • Enhanced Physiological Performance
    • Enhanced Mental Performance
    • Optimal Performance Strategy
    • Pharmaceutical and Nutritional Supplement interactions
    • Wearable Devices
  7. Canine Medicine
    • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) Canine Decontamination, Treatment, and PPE from possible exposure
    • Sensory Optimization and Protection
    • Trauma Resuscitation
    • Non-Traditional Anesthesia Protocols
    • Optimizing Canine Performance and Nutrition
    • Pre and Post Trauma Training / Behavioral Issues
    • Environmental Extremes

This won’t be the first such program to enhance the US military’s assets.

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