Affective Computing: Emotion-Sensitive Technology

This article takes a look at affective computing, technology that can identify and analyze human emotions. Affective computing involves two main elements: 1) To detect emotion via physiological measurements; and 2) To put this information into context. The article introduces a few emerging practical applications of affective computing, such as assisting those with Asperger’s syndrome to read emotions and helping companies market more effectively to their customer base. However, with this developing technology comes some ethical considerations, some of which are mentioned in this [...]


Why the Behemoths Buy Startups – The Business of Research & Development and Fortune 500's

Original Post on 16-Jun-06 3:47pm
The booming 90′s and the tech bubble produced some of the fastest paths to riches, especially for entrepreneurs. Startups with good ideas were quickly snapped up, without even a completed product. Thankfully, that exuberance burst, and the idea must at least be fleshed out. This system nearly makes corporate R&D budgets redundant and cost ineffective.

First, a bit of history: in the olden days, companies handled research and development in house. Costs for a mainframe computer were more than all but the largest organizations could afford. Think of Xerox PARC. The company developed everything, from the [...]