Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett: "Can Machines Perceive Emotion?" | Talks at Google

Many tech companies are trying to build machines that detect people’s emotions, using techniques from artificial intelligence. Some companies claim to have succeeded already. Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett evaluates these claims against the latest scientific evidence on emotion. What does it mean to “detect” emotion in a human face? How often do smiles express happiness and scowls express anger? And what are emotions, scientifically speaking?

Lisa Feldman Barrett ( has been studying emotion for over 25 years and is the author of “How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain.” She is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with research positions in psychiatry and radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Barrett has published over 200 peer-reviewed research papers in top journals on emotion, psychology, and neuroscience.

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