Sorry Mona, you’re not smiling enough…

September 6, 2007

From the “Now they’ve gone too far” department comes news of “smile-checker” software that can tell if people are smiling. By analyzing facial features such as wrinkles and the space between the lips, this program can spot a smile in less than a tenth of a second.

They imagine using it in digital cameras so photos can be snapped when everyone is grinning, but I see trouble ahead. “Sorry, Grandma, we tried taking some pictures for you at Grandpa’s funeral, but the camera just wouldn’t work.”

Oh, but there’s more. This software reportedly will also help the service industries give “smile ratings” to their employees. I’m serious. “You! Minimum Wage Worker Number Four! Let’s see more teeth!” Well, just as long as those smiles are sincere, that’s what counts…. Here’s the story:

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A visitor to an exhibition takes a sip of coffee near a copy of Leanardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in Beijing in a 1999 file photo. REUTERS/Natalie Behring


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Somehow, Mr. Lee couldn’t shake the feeling that he was being watched…and possibly laughed at.

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Old man Xerox would have been proud.

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You looking at me? You looking at me?

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Old age and wrinkles are overtaking our little Mona.

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Why don’t you get off my back; Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great,Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Auntie?

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Wipe that smile ON your face, young man!

Posted by Lady Weasel | Report as abusive

Charming post! Incredible trying to measure something so subjective as happiness, smile or art. Or even more, the deep meaning of a woman´s smile!!

Posted by Emilio F. Effe or armstrongfl | Report as abusive

Pardon me, but i really can’t tell if Mona is smiling or is about to cry?? or may i call it “simle with tears”? “bitter smile”? …

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When taking care of the T Zone one must be careful not to use too much product.

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