Insanity: new Google Glass app will read other people’s emotions

Insanity: New Google Glass app will read other people’s emotions

by Jon Rappoport

August 27, 2013

If you’ve ever studied infomercials, you know the whole business is based on back-end sales. It’s not the product you buy for $19.95, it’s the products they can hook you into after you spend the $19.95.

So it is with Google Glass. It’s all about the apps that’ll be attached.

Glass gives the wearer short-hand reality as he taps in. That’s what it’s for. The user is “on the go.” If he’s driving his Lexus and suddenly thinks about Plato, he’s not going to download the full text of The Republic to mull while he’s crashing into big trucks on the Jersey Turnpike. He’s going to take a shorthand summary. A few lines.

People want boiled-down info while they’re on the move. Reduction. The “essentials.”

This is perfectly in line with the codes of the culture. Ads, quick-hitter seminars, headlines, two-sentence summaries, ratings for products, news with no context. Stripped-down, reduced.

Well, here is a look into right now. A student at Stanford is developing a Google app that “reads other people.”

From SFGate, 8/26, “Google Glass being designed to read emotions”: “The [emotion-recognition] tools can analyze facial expressions and vocal patterns for signs of specific emotions: Happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, and more.” (the SFGate article is also here with videos and images). (and on WIRED Magazine here).

This is the work of Catalin Voss (twitter), an 18-year-old student at Stanford and his start-up company, Sension.

So you’re wearing Google Glass at a meeting and it checks out the guy across the table who has an empty expression on his mug and, above your right eye, you see the word “neutral.” Now he smiles, and the word “happy” appears.

I kid you not. This information is supposed to guide you in your communication. The number of things that can go wrong? Count the ways, if you’re able. I’m personally looking forward to that guy across the table saying, “Hey, you, schmuck with the Glass, what is your app saying about me now? Angry?” That should certainly enhance the communication.

Or a husband, just back from his 12-mile morning bike ride, enters his Palo Alto home, wearing Glass, of course, and as he looks at his wife, who is sitting at the kitchen table reading a book, sees the word “sad” appear above his eye. “Honey,” he says, recalling the skills he picked up in a 26- minute webinar, “have you been pursuing a negative line of thinking?”

She slowly gazes up at the goggle-eyed monster in his spandex and grasshopper helmet, rises from her chair and tosses a plate of hot eggs in his face. YouTube, please!

But wait. There’s more. The Glass app is also being heralded as a step forward in “machine-human relationships.” With recognition services like Google Now and Siri, when computers and human users talk to each other, the computers will be able to respond not only to the content of the user’s words, but also to his tone, his feelings.

This should be a real marvel. As you’ve no doubt already realized, the emotion-recognition tool is all about reduction. It shrinks human feelings to simplistic labels. Therefore, what machines say back to humans will be something to behold.

Machine version of NLP, anyone? I’m predicting a surge in destroyed computers.

The astonishing thing about this new app is that many tech people are so on-board with it. In other words, they believe that human feelings can be broken down and worked with on an androidal basis, with no loss incurred. These people are already boiled down, cartoonized.

You think you’ve observed predictive programing in movies? That’s nothing. The use of apps like this one will help bring about a greater willingness on the part of humans to reduce their own thoughts and feelings to…FIT THE SPECS OF THE MACHINES AND THE SOFTWARE.

Count on it.

This isn’t really about machines acting more like humans. It’s about humans acting like machines.

The potential range of human emotions is extraordinary. Our language, when used with imagination, actually extends that range. It’s something called art.

Exit From the Matrix

The counter-trend is in gear. No matter how subtle the emotion-recognition algorithms become, there will always be a wide, wide gap between what they produce and the expression of humans.

The most profound kind of mind control seeks to eliminate that gap by encouraging us to mimic technology. That means people will think and feel less, and what they think and feel will mean less.

The machines won’t say, “I’m sorry, I can’t identify that emotion, it’s too complex.” They’ll say “sad” or “happy” or “upset” or whatever they have to say to give the appearance that they’re on top of the human condition.

Eventually, significant numbers of people will tailor their self-awareness to what the machines point to, name, label, declare.

Thus, inventing reality.

The wolf becomes a lamb, the lamb becomes a flea.

And peace prevails. You can wear it and see with it.

Eventually, realizing that Glass is too obvious and obnoxious and bulky, companies will develop something they might call Third Eye, a chip the size of half a grain of rice, made flat, and inserted under the skin of the forehead.

Perfect. Invisible. Of course, cops will have them. And talk to them.

I’m parked at the corner of Wilshire and Westwood. Suspicious male standing outside the Harmon Building.”

I see him. Searching relevant data.”

Which means any past arrests, race, conditions noted in his medical records, tax status, questionable statements he’s made in public or private, significant known associates, group affiliations, etc. And present state of mind.

The cop: “Recommendation?”

Passive-aggressive, right now he’s peaking at 3.2 on the Hoover Bipolar scale. Bring subject into custody for general questioning.”

Will do.”

No one will wonder why, because such analysis resonates with the vastly reduced general perception of what reality is all about.

People mimic how machines see them and adjust their human thinking accordingly.

Hand and glove, key and lock. Wonderful.

As the cop is transporting the suspect to the station, Third Eye intercedes: “Sorry, Officer Crane, it took me a minute to dig further. Suspect is business associate of REDACTED. This is a catch and release. Repeat, catch and release. Printing out four backstage passes to Third Memorial Rolling Stones concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Apologize profusely, give subject the tickets, and release him immediately.”

I copy.”

This arrest and attendant communication is being deleted…now.”

Jon Rappoport

The author of two explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED and EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at

6 comments on “Insanity: new Google Glass app will read other people’s emotions

  1. Anonymous says:

    […] This application is being built by a student for people who suffer from autism:

  2. Cheryl Hugle says:

    Great article. Thanks for all the hard work.

  3. Your article’s wry humor accurately predicts Earth’s future, but doesn’t knowing all this ask something more of us than prescience? Thomas Paine, George Washington and friends put their lives on the line to live free. These are still “the times that try men’s souls,” but as you so well demonstrate we are no longer living in the days of horses and muskets trying to protect our family farms.

    Everyone we know who has glimpsed “The Matrix” was privileged to experience a holo-fractal hyper-dimensional evolving complex system of infinite proportions and unfathomable intelligence, and was thereby sufficiently humbled to surrender any concept of grasping or of escaping this Being (that Paine in his day labeled “God”). The only question within that holy realm is how to stay awake and fly like a hatchling just pushed from its mother’s nest.

    Fewer than one in ten million humans has any idea of how to escape the “brain-matrix” of their own neurons, let alone the great “mama-matrix” which generates the world of their body, brain, and mind. Escaping the entrancements of institutional education and corporate media is necessary preparation, rather like healing an irritating surface blemish, viral wart, or skin cancer that “lies” like a tiny froth of distortion upon the vast healthy unfolding life of the deeper Matrix.

    We suspect that most of your readers are struggling to pay their mortgage and “prep” for the coming collapse, FEMA camps, robot police, eugenic vaccines, holocaustic flus, brain implants, DARPA steered “comets,” and false flag alien “visitations” (as in the excellent TV series “V”).

    Since most of humanity can do nothing to meaningfully address these manipulative soap operatic dramas in the “reality show” of Earthian life, they might better spend their time looking for the keys to the “portals” or “gates” through which to expand beyond (include, and heal, not escape) the diseased “sub-matrix” that sources this crazy nightmare that so fascinates with its sickly trance of crippled golem dance. A worry wart indeed!

    We suggest that their only access to these portals remains hidden within their own consciousness, not in the outer distractions of the worldly “news.” This invites each to consider whether their own self as “investigative reporter” is satisfied to play in the swamp of the fake media generated by the criminally insane upon Asylum Earth, or whether they are ready to investigate and report upon the beautiful poetic artistry of the “Deep Matrix” that lies behind the superficial source of this less than virtuous “virtual-reality” dream they call life.

    There stands beckoning their true loves awaiting their awakening from dystopian dreams. Who among them has the will to choose this mystery?

    The way of complaining hatred for the terrible terrified “they” leads to bondage, while the way of loving synergy (work together) with the very carefully tested and duly discerned benevolent “we” begins the path of freedom.

    PS: Have you ever wondered that the malevolent “they” know how to effectively cooperate and share authority (authorship) in order to build Earth into a prison, while the seemingly benevolent “we” do nothing but complain, blame, argue, and fight like dogs under the table over scraps of petty dogmatic beliefs?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well, the other day was waiting for a client whose house is not visible from the road and has no # sign or mailbox. Waiting on two subcontractors as they had no way to find the property. Was on owner’s property doing a xword puzzle minding my own biz. Next thing I know, a Sheriff’s Deputy pulls up behind me and starts quizzing me about where I spent the night, give me your ID, what are you doing nauseum. Thought he had a real collar as a neighbor said I was “suspicious”. Oh yeah, a 60 year old white male in a semi rural area in a white Jetta wagon. Texted the owner and told him I was being harrassed and on the verge of being taken downtown. Owner owns part of the only stable S&L in the state that has been in biz for 100+ years. Sh*thead cop before leaving sez, “I wuz not gonna arrest you.” Yeah, BS. He pealed off the gravel driveway shooting rocks everywhere, followed with flooring his cruiser and squealing rubber. A**hole 28 yr old, period.

  5. MachtNichts says:

    Give me Asimov’s ‘Three Laws of Robotics’ including the robots and leave the humans alone.

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