Sorry Mona, you’re not smiling enough…
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:
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