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M vs Microsoft: Episode 1

Test: Huge Sympathy on Woman’s Tragedy

Project M, an artificial intelligence platform created by IPMD, Inc., can accurately analyze and quantify human emotions. With more than 52,000 hours of effort invested, M outcompeted Microsoft Azure in accuracy and detailedness. Here’s a comparative look at some results from both platforms.

Context: This lady in the picture is having a huge sympathy on a woman who has very bad tragedy. She is very emotionally SAD.

Let’s see how M and Microsoft interpret it.

Complexity: There are eight emotions (Anger, Contempt, Disgust, Fear, Happy, Neutral, Sad, Surprise) with various degrees on each. M very accurately identified the hidden and micro-facial expressions, while Microsoft generated an inaccurate result by just reading based on facial muscle movement. Since humans tend to conceal their true feelings by faking their facial expressions, human emotion is not detectable just simply based on facial muscle movement.

Winner: M.

Accuracy: Accuracy is one of the most important criteria for emotion recognition technologies. In this test, Project M identified 92.6% sadness, 3% disgust, and 2.1% fear from this person, whereas Microsoft Azure identified 66.33% Neutral, 21.018% sadness, and 8.654% happiness. M’s result intuitively makes more sense than Microsoft Azure’s (which only detected 21.018% sadness and frankly, 8.654% happiness). When it comes to real applications such as monitoring patients with mental problems, inaccurate analysis can cause severe results.

The reason Microsoft gives an inaccurate result is that the woman in the image is slightly smiling and does not show much facial muscle movement. Microsoft, therefore, recognizes “neutral” as her primary emotion.

Winner: M


We, at Project M, believe the ability of emotional artificial intelligence platform to identify and understand obvious negative emotions has great potential to optimize humans’ emotional well-being.

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*The sample input data we are using is the pure testing data that is completely new to M and Microsoft (assumed) and is never been used to train M, so this comparison is a fair trial between M and Microsoft. We appreciate Microsoft, the leader of the industry and emotional AI sector, for allowing the general public to test their testing site for identifying human emotions based on facial expressions.

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