USA - Emotion Sensing Artificial Intelligence

Arno Froese

Software that uses machine learning to attempt to detect human emotions is emerging as the latest flashpoint in the debate over the use of artificial intelligence.

Proponents argue that such programs, when used narrowly, can help teachers, caregivers and even salespeople do their jobs better. Critics say the science is unsound and the use of the technology dangerous.

Though emotion-tracking technology has been evolving for a while, it’s rapidly moving into broader use now, propelled in part by the pandemic-era spread of videoconferencing.

Critics have been sounding alarms over mood-detection tech for some time. 

“Emotion AI is a severely flawed theoretical technology, based in racist pseudoscience, and companies trying to market it for sales, schools, or workplaces should just not,” Fight for the Future’s Caitlin Seeley George said in a statement to Axios. 

“It relies on the assumption that all people use the same facial expressions, voice patterns, and body language. This assumption ends up discriminating against people of different cultures, different races, and different abilities.”

Those working on the technology say that it’s still in its early stages but can be a valuable tool if applied only to very specific cases and sold only to companies who agree to limit its use.

“Our multi-disciplinary research team works with students, teachers, parents and other stakeholders in education to explore how human-AI collaboration in education can help support individual learners’ needs, provide more personalized experiences and improve learning outcomes,” [Intel] said in a statement to Axios.

-www.axios.com, 25 April 2022

Arno's Commentary

When reading Western-oriented news sources about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and comparing it with Russian news sources, it reveals diametrically opposed analysis of the same event. That can also be said about the almost past coronavirus pandemic. It seems that only one who is well-read, trained, and experienced can somehow find the correct middle path. 

Artificial intelligence to the rescue. Though the article indicates it’s still in the early development stages, the outcome is not subject to debate; it will happen.

A simple example: traveling internationally, a passport is required; however, the government-issued passport alone is no longer the absolute authority. The main page with one’s personal details and picture is scanned by a computer, looked up on a database, and only if found to be satisfactory, is one allowed to enter a country.

However, on a recent return from overseas, this writer experienced something for the first time: coming through the customs and immigration line, the officer in charge just asked us to look into the camera. He did not need to see the passport. An instant after the picture was taken, we were allowed to proceed. This clearly reveals that facial recognition data is already digitally stored and available for all US customs and immigration officers throughout the US.

Since the Bible has long ceased from being the ultimate authority, mankind must create something unknown heretofore: detecting the soul of a person—the emotions. Needless to say, this would also be a welcome tool in the US, due to the near continual occurrence of mass shootings such as recently happened in New York and Texas. This type of progress will continue to be developed until man totally relies on his manufactured artificially intelligence. The result will be eliminating those who think and act contrary to the global laws now in the process of being developed.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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