Disney Is Using Facial Recognition To Better Understand Their Audience
USA – Entertainment companies are investing in facial recognition technology to help understand audiences reactions to what they see on screen. No surprise that entertainment giant Disney is first in line to ensure they can capitalize on the technology to grow and give their audience what they want.
A new algorithm called “factorized variational auto-encoders’ (FVAEs) are able to track facial expressions of an audience to asses their emotional reaction. FVAEs are able to understand a variety of facial expressions such as smiles and laughter to better understand the viewer. The technology is able to capture if audiences are laughing when they are supped to laugh and for how long.
Disney has a research team that uses a 400-seat theatre equipped with infrared cameras that film the audience. The team now has a dataset of 16 million facial expressions from 3,179 audience members which have been fed into their neural network.
The ability for AI systems like this to recognize human behavior is fundamental in the advancement of the technology to garner both behavioral and social intelligence.