Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Are animated GIFs a language? MIT student project aims to find out

If you're the kind of person who spends a chunk of their day looking at animated GIFs, a pair of students from MIT want to use your skills to create a new universal language. Havin Hu and Travis Rich have come up with GifGif, an MIT Lab project designed to extract the very essence of various human emotions captured in GIFs by running them by actual humans. The project, which was spotted by FastCo Design, pits two GIFs head-to-head, and asks which one is the better representation of a human emotion. Choosing the better one (or neither) loads up two more GIFs, and you can cycle through various emotions to your heart's content.
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