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A Kenyan Startup Built a Robot To Help Analyze the Emotions of a Presidential Candidate.

It didn’t happen in the abroad, guys! It took place in Kenya!

According to Medium via Quartz, a Kenya Startup, Odipo Dev, developed a robot to help analyze the emotions of the Presidential Candidate during a 90-minute presidential debate in late July. The Robot “watched the debate, capturing a video frame at periodic intervals and matching the faces to transcripts of the debate to infer emotions.” It achieved this using computer vision technology executed on a series of high-speed shot frames to categorize emotions either as sad, happy, angry, neutral, contemptuous, surprised or disgusted. At the end of the debate, it discovered that the Kenyan presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, is happiest when discussing government corruption, tribalism, and his country’s regional standing.
 

He was unhappy when asked about a past event (a meeting in 2008), tribalism in hiring practices during his tenure as prime minister, issues he might face as president, and an issue relating to potential effects on the environment.

The robot couldn’t make any useful comparisons since Odinga was the only one who showed up for the debate (His main rival, Kenya’s current president, Uhuru Kenyatta, opted out of the debate). However, like Quartz pointed out, “the goal isn’t just to find out what issues irk or enthuse candidates. The company hopes to deploy the software to companies for understanding customers.”

Now, imagine if this was used during the election period  in Nigeria, I can totally picture a reenactment of this scene:
😂
 

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5 comments on “A Kenyan Startup Built a Robot To Help Analyze the Emotions of a Presidential Candidate.

  1. Covenant Oyetade says:

    I’ve been noticing some technological developments taking place in the recent time in Kenya. They are already taking the centre stage. And it’s only a matter of time before they become a force to be reckoned with in Africa. I don’t know the source of their inspiration, but these guys are just starting, and I can see them going far.
    Nice invention this is. Further improvements would make it a lot better and acceptable.

  2. Kᴀʏʙᴀɴɢ ᴵˢ Ⓑₐₜₘₐₙ says:

    Totalitarian/communist innovation.
    “…deploy the software to companies for understanding customers.” Let’s leave it at this.
    Presidential debates are always better this way;

  3. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, A BIG A T TULATIONS 🎊 TO THE TEAM BEHIND THIS INNOVATION. I THINK IT SHOULD BE DEPLOYED TO CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND ALSO SUG DEBATE IN SCHOOLS AND ALSO THE HEALTH SECTOR.
    MEANWHILE, THEY CAN BRING IT TO NIGERIA FOR POPULARITY…

  4. Emerson says:

    This robot will suffer in Nigeria, how do u expect it to comprehend the look on Obasanjo’s face eh?. Kenya is really taking off ooh, and the giant of Africa is sleeping.

  5. p-williams says:

    I always forget what to say after seeing Mr. Kays memes and gifs

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