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M vs Microsoft Episode 24

Can M detect contempt and ridicule?

Tammy, featured in this photo, is a female contestant on the most recent season of the tv show, The Bachelor.

Tammy has been criticized for her rude comments to the other female contestants and her hatred for one particular girl named Mykenna. She thinks Mykenna is overly rehearsed and childish.

In this scene, Tammy is caught rolling her eyes while Mykenna is talking. Tammy is not one to hide her dislike for others and could care less about what Mykenna had to say at that moment.

When screened with M, M perfectly captures Tammy’s annoyance and attitude towards Mykenna with Contempt as the primary emotion at 58.6% followed by Disgust (19.8%) and Anger (12%).

On the other hand, when screened with Microsoft, Microsoft identified Tammy’s primary emotion as Neutral at 98.2%, failing to detect the complex emotions exhibited at this moment.

Now that you know the context behind the situation and the two different emotional readings, it is up to you to decide what interpretation you think is most accurate.


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

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*As of January 1, 2021, the Project M team has devoted 100,000 hours to the AI platform, M. The sample input data we are using is the pure testing data that is completely new to M and Microsoft (assumed) and has 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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