Re: COMP/ART: Emoitonal Mark-Up Language

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Thu Feb 01 2001 - 14:45:49 MST

T.0. Morrow wrote:
>What a clever idea, Greg! ... it would suffice for EML to correlate
>directly with face muscles. Consider, for instance, that recent research
>suggests that analysis of the muscles involved can distinguish between "fake"
>(read, "consciously generated") and genuine smiles.

Unfortunately I think this highlights a big problem with this approach:
facial expressions only credibly communicate emotions because they
are in part involuntary. When people consciously choose their facial
expressions to communicate via EML, they may not credibly communicate

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
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