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Om Malik: Beyond Verbal will help your computer recognize sarcasm
2014-05-26 8:16am -07:00T Visit Om Malik


This is either a wonderful idea that could lead to fewer hurt feelings, or the end of humanity. That’s how I see the emotion recognition technology that Beyond Verbal is developing. The Tel Aviv startup, which is a finalist in our Structure Launchpad competition, has created a series of algorithms that the company says can detect both human emotion, intent and also elements of personality, based on how a person talks.

Dan Emodi, the VP of marketing for Beyond Verbal explains that the technology is available today via an app called Moodies available for iOS. The company, which was founded two years ago, is built on technology associated with understanding meaning based on the words a person uses that the core team started developing in 1995.

Beyond Verbal has made this technology available as a service via the Moodies app and is hoping companies test it and buy the technology for their own use. There are obvious use cases in customer service for helping with call centers and other interactions, as well as for helping people learn how others might perceive them.

Emodi explains that despite how people might think about their vocal tics, word choice and intonation, they are quantifiable,...

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