Do computers have the capacity to understand human emotion? The answer may surprise you. Researchers at MIT have developed a machine-learning model that possess the ability to interpret our emotions as naturally as humans do through subtle facial expressions and changing moods.

This is made possible through the use of artificial intelligence (AI). Dr. Rana el-Kaliouby believes computers can be programmed to “think” on their own and become emotionally responsive to human beings. In 2009, she co-founded Affectiva, a company which uses affective computing to humanize technology. This is done by combining motion science and artificial intelligence. Furthermore, this technology could prove to be groundbreaking for anyone afflicted with autism, Parkinson’s Disease and hearing difficulties.

Watch the video below to hear Rana discuss how she discovered emotional AI. Also learn how this technology can help people with autism navigate social spaces!