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Reading Pain in a Human Face

By |April 29, 2014|Computers|

Source Jan Hoffman NY Times


How well can computers interact with humans? Certainly computers play a mean game of chess, which requires strategy and logic, and “Jeopardy!,” in which they must process language to understand the clues read by Alex Trebek (and buzz in with the correct question).

But in recent years, scientists have striven for an even more complex goal: programming computers to read human facial expressions.


Take a quiz on the New York Times website and see how well you do recognizing  real pain.

The practical applications could be profound. Computers could supplement or even replace lie detectors. They could be installed at border crossings and airport security checks. They could serve as diagnostic aids for doctors.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have written software that not only detected whether a person’s face revealed genuine or faked pain, but did so far more accurately than human observers.

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MacPractice Releases IPad Interface, EPrescribe

By |October 30, 2010|Computers|

Source PC World

Medical, dental, and chiropractic offices have another reason to look at the iPad for their daily uses, as MacPractice on Thursday announced that it has released the Web interface of its software for Apple’s tablet, originally previewed at Macworld Expo 2010.

MacPractice makes Mac-compatible practice management and clinical software for physicians, chiropractors, optometrists, and dentists. The company quickly readied a Web interface after the original iPhone was released in 2007, and now it has an iPad interface that can work across the reception desk or around the world.

Simply called the MacPractice iPad Interface, MacPractice’s new extension of its desktop software allows users to manage many aspects of their day-to-day business from either the local network or remotely over the Internet. You can view patient information, alerts, and scheduled appointments; add patient information like diagnoses, vitals, and medications; create new patients; keep an eye on daily activity reports; correspond with staff and respond to reminders; and write prescriptions with ePrescribe that sync back to patients’s main records in MacPractice on the desktop.