This Computer Program Says It Can Decode Your Emotions by Reading Your Emails. Is It Right?

IBM Watson—AI extraordinaire, Jeopardy world champion, student ofhedonic psychophysics—may not have the warm corporality of his crime-solving namesake, but he’s working to acquire the social intuition. Last week the computing company rolled out its Tone Analyzer tool, which harnesses “cloud-based linguistic analysis” to decode the feels roiling beneath your email correspondence or any other text you want to input. The program interprets the writing sample on three levels:...

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