Friday, December 16, 2005

But what about...

art for art's sake?

From Indian Express:

Mona Lisa was 83 percent happy: computer
Paris: Now it's official: Mona Lisa was 83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted, 6 percent fearful, and 2 percent angry. That's the conclusion of a University of Amsterdam computer that applied "emotion-recognition software" to Leonarda Da Vinci's work, the British weekly New Scientist reports in next Saturday's issue. The algorithm tries to assess the human mood by examining key features, then makes a score with respect to six basic emotions.

Oh, you silly scientists...why can't you just let us imagine up our own mix of emotions? You're taking all the fun out of it! I think if you investigate my face, you will discover it is 70% scorn, 20% disgust, and 10% wicked delight.

(But, I will admit, it is a pretty funny concept, which is ostensibly why so many papers picked it up from the wires.)

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