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Twitter users more likely to share happiness than sadness

Emotions spread like a virus in the Twittersphere, say American researchers who have observed that positive joyful tweets are more contagious than negative ones.


Apple pledges to make emojis more ethnically diverse

Apple has acknowledged that the existing suite of digital emotions and characters for punctuating text messages don't do enough to represent the diversity of their users.


Chatty Japan robot makes friends on first day at work

A chatty humanoid robot whose makers claim it can understand people's emotions made its first friends Friday as it struck up conversations with shoppers in Tokyo.


Selfie-tracking app to monitor mental health in the works

Your selfie-style video could soon be all it takes to turn your computer or smartphone into a mental health-monitoring device, according to researchers at the University of Rochester who have developed a software program for just that purpose.


Google Glass helps kids with autism read facial expressions

Children with autism may have an easier time reading facial expressions and navigating social interactions when they use Google Glass paired with a smartphone app, a small experiment suggests.


The problem with social media is worse than Trump thinks: opinion

Donald Trump’s claim that Google’s search engine is biased against conservatives would be more interesting if it didn’t rest on the crazy view that most mainstream outlets such as the Associated Press, Reuters, sports channel ESPN or Business Insider are hotbeds of radicalised left-wing politics.


If you want to fake it, don't do it around this computer

In the ever-expanding contest between artificial intelligence and the ordinary human mind, you can chalk up another one for the computer.


Big Tech firms march to the beat of Pentagon, CIA despite dissension

A funny thing has happened to Google and Amazon on their path toward high-tech success: They have become crucial cogs in the US national security establishment.


New ‘emotional’ robots aim to read human feelings

The robot called Forpheus does more than play a mean game of table tennis. It can read body language to gauge its opponent’s ability, and offer advice and encouragement.