Tracking emotions at the movies

The idea of directors — or producers — tracking your emotions at the movies is OLDWorthy.  TV studios in Los Angeles have long tested audiences in a special screening theater where they can measure their responses to pilot episodes of new shows.  I remember being part of an audience that turned the emotion feedback dial manually during the animated show “Jonny Quest (1964)”.  Kinoautomat (1967), the world’s first interactive movie — which I saw at the San Antonio World’s Fair in 1968 — branched off depending on how the audience felt about the direction the movie was headed.  I wonder how the results back then compare to today’s modern technology efforts.  CNet reports on how it was done recently at Cannes.

World’s first ‘family robot’

Jibo, billed as the world’s first family robot, is one inventor’s attempt to gain emotional responses from humans.  The demo video is pretty slick, but so was Apple’s well known “Knowledge Navigator” video many years ago.  Since Jibo is trying to be a pal, perhaps it won’t be judged in the same way as mobile phone personalities like Siri or Cortana.  Ultimately, though, Jibo will certainly be judged on how much children and families enjoy its company.  From what I’ve seen so far on the new television series “Extant”, I prefer the happy direction Jibo is taking over a mysterious and too often sullen little robot boy.