The science that’s got everyone talking – Literally

It's how you say it - the science of emotions Beyond Verbal at TedX Frankfurt June 2015
To some, it's a frightening prospect. To others, a moment of truth CNN (December 19, 2013)
the companies reach into artificial intelligence and emotions analytics, a new way to decode and measure human moods, attitudes, and decision-making processes Venture Beat (July 23, 2013)
Beyond Verbal... will generate the next wave of hyped expectations, right after natural language recognition, which is expected to peak in 2014 and 2015 Gartner (April 22, 2014)
Beyond Verbal is rolling out an app promising something Siri can't yet deliver: a readout on how you're feeling Wall Street Journal (March 10, 2014)
It sounds like a science-fiction movie, and in some ways it is.. it's inching closer to reality.. The possibilities seem to spiral without limit New York Times (June 1, 2013)
a new breed of devices capable of detecting not only what we say, but also how we say it... Beyond Verbal's New App Tells You How Cheating Politicians Really Feel Huffington Post (June 4, 2013)
If Siri understands not just what I say, but how I feel, it will come back with an answer that matches my mood Bloomberg BusinessWeek (August 25, 2013)
Happy? Sad? A startup called Beyond Verbal has developed technology that can understand how you're feeling just by listening to your voice. MIT Technology (June 3, 2013)
Innovative Marketing Solution That Can Help Your Business Grow Forbes (August 28, 2013)
the sky is the limit... these software-based services will become ever more human-like over time TechCrunch (May 8, 2013)

15 Leading Affective Computing Companies You Should Know

VentureRadar Posted on September 21, 2016 by Andrew Thomson While great advances are being made in the analytical capabilities of computer systems there are also impressive developments being made in making computers more emotionally intelligent. This field is known as Affective Computing, and is defined as the study and development of systems and devices that can recognize, interpret, process, and simulate human emotions (or affects). These developments are being driven by a need for more natural human-computer interactions, but there are also many examples where affective computing technology is augmenting our own abilities, and enabling us to become more emotionally intelligent. (more…) ...
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Chinese Space-Age Tech Outfit Embarks on Global Shopping Spree

By Bloomberg News September 9, 2016 — 9:33 AM IDT KuangChi, the Chinese technology company hoping to send tourists into space and develop flying jet-packs, could soon go on a $600 million investment spurt. uangChi Science Ltd., whose other projects include the Wearable Spiritual Armour exoskeleton, launched a $300 million fund in May to back startups working on cutting-edge computing, space-faring technology and communications. (more…) ...
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Beyond Verbal picks up $3 million to investigate voice patterns as a biomarker for heart disease

Using speech patterns to create emotional analytics for marketing research companies and call centers, the Israeli startup has major implications for science Emotion analytics startup Beyond Verbal has raised $3 million as part of a Series A funding round, the company announced Thursday morning. The investment was led by the Kuang-Chi Group and comes out of the group’s recently launched $300 million fund for Chinese investment in Israeli companies.Tech funds Winnovation and Singulariteam also participated in the round. Beyond Verbal claims to be one of the only companies in the world giving literal emotional feedback in terms of analytics. By analyzing voice patterns, the company has been able to market its knowledge as a service to marketers and sellers. Their API can be integrated into a number of apps and devices. Service centers measure customer satisfaction, keep track of lonely family members, and for the dating world, match people by attitudes and moods. (more…) ...
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Beyond Verbal raises $3 million to identify people’s moods from their voices

Paul Sawers September 1, 2016 4:23 AM Beyond Verbal, an Israeli startup specializing in analyzing human emotion and traits based on voices, has raised $3 million in a round led by Hong Kong investment holding company KuangChi Science Ltd, with participation from Winnovation and Singulariteam. This closes the Series A round at $7 million over the past couple of years. Founded out of Tel Aviv in 2012, but using technology based on decades of research, Beyond Verbal features emotion analytics technology that doesn’t consider the content or context of the spoken word, but instead looks for signs of anger, (more…) ...
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The Future of Healthcare Is Arriving—8 Exciting Areas to Watch

BY DANIEL KRAFT ON AUG 22, 2016  EXPONENTIAL MEDICINE, SINGULARITY UNIVERSITY, SU EVENTS As faculty chair for Medicine and Neuroscience at Singularity University and curator of our annual Exponential Medicine conference (apply to join us this Oct 8–11th), I cross paths with many technologies which have potential healthcare applications. Some are still nascent and not yet close to clinical use (nanobots in our blood, 3D printed organs from your own stem cells), but many others are gaining traction and appearing in our homes, our pockets, and entering clinical settings faster than many might imagine. There remain significant regulatory, reimbursement, data privacy and adoption challenges (to name a few), but below are eight examples of fast moving, often convergent technologies which are already beginning to be applied effectively to health, prevention, diagnosis, therapy, clinical trials and beyond. 1) The Connected, Healthy, Interactive Home Pharma, device and consumer health companies are racing to build apps on Amazon Echo and soon-to-arrive platforms like Google Home. I’ve had an Amazon Echo for three months, and it has quickly become second nature to speak to it and call up a favorite song, keep up with the news, check the weather, order a product, add to my calendar or even summon an Uber. Soon, Echo-like devices will become major healthcare interfaces — talking to your medical Internet of Things devices (i.e., wearables, scale, blood pressure cuff and glucometer) and perhaps, based on your genomics, diet, activity and blood sugar, suggesting the appropriate meal to have delivered or prepared. “Alexa, call 911” may become a routine way of calling for help. Here is an early example of an Amazon Echo programmed to run a daily wellness check using the Sense.lyplatform. The Kids MD app, built by Boston Children's Hospital, offers simple advice to parents about fever and medication. And looking beyond Alexa, even more interactive social robots like Mabu, the personal healthcare companion from Catalia Health and consumer-focused social robots like Jibo — ...
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Virtual Reality Classrooms Another Way Chinese Kids Gain an Edge

Bloomberg Technology Date:August 10, 2016 — 12:00 AM IDT By: David Ramli Genders of virtual teachers can change to suit cultural norms of the classroom. Deep within a building shaped like the Starship Enterprise a little-known Chinese company is working on the future of education. Vast banks of servers record children at work and play, tracking touchscreen swipes, shrugs and head swivels - amassing a database that will be used to build intimate profiles of millions of kids. This is the Fuzhou hive of NetDragon Websoft Holdings Ltd a hack-and-slash videogame maker and unlikely candidate to transform learning via headset-mounted virtual reality teachers. It’s one of a growing number of companies from International Business Machines Corp. to Lenovo Group Ltd. studying how to use technology like VR to arrest a fickle child’s attention. (And perhaps someday to make a mint from that data by showing them ads.) China - where parents have been known to try anything to give their kids an edge and tend to be less obsessive about privacy - may be an ideal testing ground for the VR classroom of the future. As it’s envisioned, there’ll be no napping in the back row. Lessons change when software predicts a student’s mind is wandering by spotting an upward tilt of the head. Dull lectures can be immediately livened up with pop quizzes. Even the instructor’s gender can change to suit the audience, such as making the virtual educator male in cultures where teachers are typically men. “It is the next big thing and it’s been brewing for quite some time,” said Jan-Martin Lowendahl, a research vice president with Gartner Inc. "If there’s any place it would work, it’s China, Korea, those kinds of places.” “It’s hugely revolutionary and it’s also necessary because it’s obvious that the current educational models do not scale.” The notion of adaptive, ...
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