May 25, 2022

New Zealand: Students Develop Interactive App the Recommends Library Books Based on Emotions


Auckland Libraries is hosting an interactive computer programme designed by young innovators that factored in emotions, weather and time to recommend the best book to read.

All the reader needed to do was push a button at the library, which would trigger a photo to be taken of the person. Then the computer, which used Microsoft artificial intelligence software, would recommend a book based on the information it received.


The project sprung up after the four students won a prize worth $20,000 through Velocity, an entrepreneurial development programme at University of Auckland.

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