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Dr. Cynthia Breazeal's Kismet, a robot capable of recognising human emotion through facial analysis.

Cynthia Breazeal and Massachusetts Institute of Technology2000/2000

Barbican Centre

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Kismet is a robot head made in the late 1990s at Massachusetts Institute of Technology by Dr. Cynthia Breazeal as an experiment in affective computing; a machine that can recognize and simulate emotions. The name Kismet comes from a Turkish word meaning "fate" or sometimes "luck". Kismet simulates emotion through various facial expressions, vocalizations, and movement. Facial expressions are created through movements of the ears, eyebrows, eyelids, lips, jaw, and head.

The Barbican's AI: More than Human (16 May-26 Aug 2019) is an major exhibition exploring creative and scientific developments in artificial intelligence demonstrating its potential to revolutionise our lives. Part of Life Rewired, the Barbican's 2019 season exploring what it means to be human when technology is changing everything.

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  • Title: Dr. Cynthia Breazeal's Kismet, a robot capable of recognising human emotion through facial analysis.
  • Creator: Cynthia Breazeal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Date: 2000/2000
  • Type: Photo
  • Rights: Jared C. Benedict
  • Medium: Photography

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