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San Diegans Sharing Their Big Ideas At Tedx Event


Marian Bartlett

Aired 10/2/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

San Diegans Sharing Their Big Ideas At Tedx Event


Xavier Leonard, co-founder, FABLAB

Marian Bartlett, co-founder and lead scientist, Emotient; research faculty, UC San Diego


Imagine a world where machines can recognize facial expressions including pain, or a computer game that can teach autistic children how to recognize emotion. That's the world where Marian Bartlett, co-founder and lead scientist at the San Diego biotech Emotient, lives.

Bartlett said her research has shown that the machines do a better job of picking up on human emotion than humans can.

Using machine learning to learn patterns of facial movements that are consistent with real expressions is just one of the big ideas that will be shared at the TEDx America's Finest City conference at SDSU on Oct. 11.

Speakers will share their ideas on transformation on topics ranging from civic engagement to education to inner empowerment.

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