Trump Card: Beyond Verbal’s Technology Interprets Trump’s Real Emotions
How can you tell when politicians are lying? Their lips are moving.
It’s a joke of course, but what makes a joke funny is that it has elements of truth. After all, can we really know what a politician, or anyone for that matter, is really thinking?
Israeli company Beyond Verbal says it can. Its cutting-edge technology deciphers people’s moods, emotional characteristics, and attitudes in real-time, as they speak.
The company has already tested its technology on the likes Barack Obama, Donald Trump and even Steve jobs.
In a recent video that Beyond Verbal analyzed, Republican presidential nominee Trump answers questions from Megyn Kelly of Fox News during a televised debate last August. Beyond Verbal’s algorithm detected characteristics such “arrogance” and “intolerance” inTrump.
Emotions behind the words
Having already analyzed 2.3 million voice samples from 170 countries, Beyond Verbal’s technology decodes human vocal intonations into their underlying emotions. In a video of one of the late Steve Jobs’s last interviews, in which he talks about how he came up with the idea for the iPad, Beyond Verbal detects “loneliness, fatigue, emotional frustration” and also “sadness mixed with happines” from Apple’s legendary founder.
$3 millon Chinese investment
Last week Beyond Verbal announced it had raised $3 million in series A funding led by Chinese investor Kuang-Chi Science. Founded in 2012, the company has already been granted eight patents and more are pending.
According to the company, Beyond Verbal’s technology is applicable in mobile applications, voice assistants, wearables, and a variety of other settings. Beyond Verbal’s software can also be integrated into existing products, helping devices and applications envision not just what users type, but also how they feel and what they mean.
“We envision a world in which personal devices understand our emotions and well-being, enabling us to become more in tune with ourselves,” Yuval Mor, CEO of Beyond Verbal, said in a interview with Tech in Asia. “Understanding emotions can assist us in finding new friends, unlocking new experiences and, ultimately, helping us understand better what makes us truly happy.”
Video: Beyond Verbal