In the study, which was spotted by New Scientist, the researchers, led by Mr Will Feng, wrote: 'Even though the appearances of individuals in our dataset differ, their expressions share similarities which can be extracted from the configuration of their facial landmarks.'For example, when people cringe the configuration of their eyebrows and mouth is most revealing about their emotional state.'Indeed, small variations in expression can be very informative.'After training the robot using Skype videos, the researchers tested it against a group of humans.
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Over time, Skype hopes to enable users to watch videos and play games together during video calls.'We want people to experience things together,' Mr Raghav said.'Today, we begin rolling out the new Skype worldwide, coming first to mobile and then to desktop,' Skype added in a blog post.'It will be available first on Android devices, releasing gradually over the coming weeks, followed by the new version for i Phone.'Versions for Windows and Mac will be released over the next few months.' These creations can be saved or posted to the Instagram feed, where they will become permanent like normal Instagram videos. When someone has an unseen story, their profile picture will be circled with a colourful ring.
Then just a month later, Facebook began testing what it calls ‘Messenger Day’ for some users in Poland, which aims pique the interest of those who have yet to get hooked on its rival, Snapchat.
Microsoft announced a range of new features for Skype, including a 'Highlights' feature which lets users post temporary photos and videos The new feature has drawn comparisons to Snapchat's Stories feature, which has previously inspired updates to Facebook and Instagram.
Scroll down for video Highlights is a key feature included in the revamp of Skype, which has not had a radical facelift like this since it introduced video calls in 2006.
The online phone service, used by friends and families to keep in touch but also favoured by political dissidents and criminals, is making online chat and other user information available to police, according to But the changes, apparently in effect since late last year, allow police surveillance of online chats, Skype's instant messaging feature, as well as access to addresses and credit card numbers of users.
They complain that Skype's encryption and other features made tracking drug lords, pedophiles and terrorists more difficult and police listening to traditional wiretaps have even heard suspects suggest 'let's talk on Skype' because it is more secure, The Post reports.
Facebook's artificial intelligence lab has trained a robot to become more human-like by showing it 250 recordings of people chatting on the video-messaging service (stock image)The bot is controlled by an algorithm that was trained by watching 250 videos of people chatting on Skype.
The algorithm divided the human face into 68 'facial landmarks' and monitored each landmark throughout the Skype conversation, detecting very subtle expressions and responses.
Researchers hope the training will help robots to interact with humans more convincingly in the future.