“Your camera is the next keyboard”. A more natural communication between humans and machines in 2023
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“Your camera is the next keyboard”. A more natural communication between humans and machines in 2023

Stefano Bargagni

I was intrigued by a statement made during the Google live presentation in Paris on February 8th, 2023:

Your camera is the next keyboard.

It lit a spark within me about a vision I’ve had for years. In my search for a more natural communication between humans and machines, I’ve developed several hypotheses. But the main one involves combining digital videos and cameras as sensors to analyze emotions on the faces of viewers. In fact, a digital content that can adapt its scenes to the emotions of the viewer has been my goal since 2014. And that’s when I first filed the first patent on the idea with Roberto Marras.

The biggest challenge I’ve faced and still struggle with today is the market’s immaturity in adopting an artificial intelligence tool that observes us while we view content or participate in a webinar or conference call. However, I am certain that this barrier will soon be overcome by the common use of the camera as the primary input for our devices.

The connection between “your camera is the next keyword” and Facial Emotion AI

Returning to the statement made during the Google conference in Paris on February 8th, 2023, I found it so illuminating. And I felt inspired to write these reflections. I was overwhelmed with excitement about developing the connection between the two concepts:

  • camera as device input;
  • AI analyzing emotions.

So I tried to ask for an expansion of this connection to ChatGPT, a conversational AI model developed by OpenAI.

This was the answer:

The connection between the concepts “your camera is the next keyboard” and “facial emotion recognition” lies in the idea that the camera is becoming an increasingly important tool for communication and interaction. With advancements in facial emotion recognition technology, we now use the camera not just to capture and transmit images and information. But also to interpret and understand the emotions and expressions of the people.

In this sense, the camera is truly becoming the next keyboard, offering a new and innovative way to interact with our devices and the world around us. By using facial emotion recognition, the camera can detect and interpret emotional cues, making communication more intuitive and natural. For example, instead of typing in a request or query, a person can simply express their needs through their facial expressions. And the device can respond accordingly. This opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for how we interact with technology. And it makes our interactions more human-like and natural.

As technology continues to advance, the camera and facial emotion recognition are likely to become even more integral to our communication and interaction. This will cement the camera’s place as the next keyboard.

A revolution in the communication between humans and machines

I will not comment on this response. But I will end with a statement. AI raises reasonable concerns about the risks we will face due to those who use it improperly or even harmfully towards individuals or even minority groups. However, I believe it will bring a revolution in communication. And what we have come to expect from technology will seem rough and outdated in just a few years.

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Stefano Bargagni

Internet serial entrepreneur with a background in computer science (hardware and software), Stefano codified the e-commerce platform and founded the online retailer CHL Spa in early 1993, one year before Amazon. He is the Founder and CEO of MorphCast.