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"yes it's true..."Well... not necessarily. This is just statistical speculation. The algorithms used to do facial recognition are essential the same as the ones used to speech (what I do) and they are exceptionally susceptable to the amount and quality of the data used to train them. When it comes to speech, which changes rapidly over time, and was even more changeable prior to the advent of mass literacy, no training data recorded in 2007 could be reliably expected to recognize much of anything in 15th century Italian. Even if the training data was to be collected in present day Vinci. While facial expression has probably changed much less, I still find any claims about automated emotional recognition of centuries-old paintings extremely dubious.Interesting for novelty's sake, but dubious nonetheless.How sure are you even, of what the people around you are thinking, and feeling at any given moment?But then again, you probably have your tongue in your cheek...
They should analyze some of those paintings of that Alfred E. Neuman guy.
As far as the disgusted guards . . .,they're French, do they make French workers in any fashion other than disgruntled, disgruntled and striking, and or disgruntled, striking and agitating for less work hours and responsibility (at higher pay)?
Would Mona Lisa be happier if today she received a nice big box of chocolate?I agree that the mind-numbingly repetitive nature of the job of Museum Guide near the Mona Lisa would sear your soul. How many "original" jokes do Guards hear every day I wonder. But wouldn't you see that coming when you signed up for the work? Sure, maybe you're seeing more people now than when you started, but haven't you developed coping mechanisms, too?
This lovely Michelle Shocked song seems somehow a propos, although I'm not sure why:If she had it to do all over againIt would be a photographShe would have a wide grinBut no, it was an artist with a longing loving styleSo when the paint was dry all that remained was a faint strange smileShe's ripe with broken dreamsHer lovers never stayIt looks like Mona Lisa is having a bad dayMona Lisa's having a bad day"The Book of HistoryHas many missing pages"Murmurs the MadonnaOf the Middle AgesBut in between her cracksYou can read between the linesShe'd love nothing better thanTo rob the Louvre blind . . .-- "Looks Like Mona Lisa"
Quoting the BBC article:The painting was analysed by a University of Amsterdam computer using "emotion recognition" software.Your tax Euros at work, ladies and gentlemen.Actually, this study is rather fun. Who else could we now scan for correct emotion?Michelangelo's David looks grumpy.The Venus de Milo looks horny.Our Lord reaching out to Adam on the Sistine Chapel looks like he could use a hug.And Van Gogh looks like he's about to cut his ear off.Really. We're dying to know the truth.Cheers,Victoria
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