How You Type Says a Ton About Your Emotional State

This new computer program can see right through your poker face.

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In today’s news of machines taking on eerily human qualities, a study in Behaviour & Information Technology journal reports on a new computer program that can correctly identify an individual’s emotional state around 80 percent of the time. The program analyzed two sets of criteria from each study participant: the person’s keystroke habits and the exact words typed. Each user was then categorized into one of seven emotional classes.

“If we could build any system that is intelligent enough to interact with humans that involves emotions, that is, it can detect user emotions and change its behavior accordingly,” wrote the team of Bangladeshi researchers in the study’s abstract, “then using machines could be more effective and friendly.”

According to the study, it seems that the easiest emotional states to read are happiness and being totally pissed—the program’s algorithms were able to accurately sense joy 87 percent of the time, and had an 81 percent success rate with anger. Guilt came in at 77 percent, disgust 75 percent, sadness at 71 percent, shame 69 percent, and fear was properly identified 67 percent of the time.

While the minds behind the study hope that the technology will help foster better interactions between man and computer, we’re hoping the program leads to an app for deciphering what those cryptic, passive-aggressive text messages from your significant other actually mean.

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Sin City is doing something good for its less fortunate citizens as well as those who've broken the law this month. The city of Las Vegas, Nevada will drop any parking ticket fines for those who make a donation to a local food bank.

A parking ticket can cost up to $100 in Las Vegas but the whole thing can be forgiven by bringing in non-perishable food items of equal or greater value to the Parking Services Offices at 500 S. Main Street through December 16.

The program is designed to help the less fortunate during the holidays.

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However, all of that has changed since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Voters in Maine, particularly those who lean left, have run out of patience with Collins and her seeming refusal to stand up to Trump. That frustration peaked with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign looks to be getting a huge big shot in the arm after it's faced some difficulties over the past few weeks.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leading voice in the Democratic parties progressive, Democratic Socialist wing, is expected to endorse Sanders' campaign at the "Bernie's Back" rally in Queens, New York this Saturday.

Fellow member of "the Squad," Ilhan Omar, endorsed him on Wednesday.

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The U.K. is trying to reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, but aviation may become the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.K. by that same year. A new study commissioned by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and conducted at the Imperial College London says that in order for the U.K. to reach its target, aviation can only see a 25% increase, and they've got a very specific recommendation on how to fix it: Curb frequent flyer programs.

Currently, air travel accounts for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, however that number is projected to increase for several reasons. There's a growing demand for air travel, yet it's harder to decarbonize aviation. Electric cars are becoming more common. Electric planes, not so much. If things keep on going the way they are, flights in the U.K. should increase by 50%.

Nearly every airline in the world has a frequent flyer program. The programs offer perks, including free flights, if customers get a certain amount of points. According to the study, 70% of all flights from the U.K. are taken by 15% of the population, with many people taking additional (and arguably unnecessary) flights to "maintain their privileged traveler status."

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