No need for emotional intelligence anymore: an app called Moodies will just tell you how you feel. The Wall Street Journal reports that the voice-recognition app uses some magic algorithm (presumably the same one used by dollar-store mood rings) to analyze patterns in your pitch, timing, volume, pauses, and energy. Feeling confused about feelings? Speak into a phone's mic and the app will produce an emotional state for you. And then it will assign a fun emoticon to express said state to your friends via Facebook and Twitter.
This is just the first in a cache of digital mood rings that are being developed. While Moodies is all fun and games, others are being developed for horrible, dystopian-sounding things like "honesty maintenance" for human resource executives (try lying about that sick day now), and perhaps for manipulative marketing purposes.
Right now the apps are simple, but just think of the potential! One day you will be able to finally determine when your passive aggressive friend is angry at you, or get a read on your boss' emotional state before asking to take vacation days. But until technology advances enough for that to happen, as long as the apps can tell the difference between angry and hangry, the world will be a better place.
Most Viewed Stories
This Conspiracy Theory Will Change How You Feel About the Bachelor Villain
The Ultimate Guide to Preparing for the Women’s March
15 Protest Sign Ideas for the Women’s March on Washington
Pakistani Pop Star Stops Concert When He Spots Sexual Harassment
The Sheer Perfection of Donald Trump’s Golden Shower
Every Single Thing You Need to Bring to the Women’s March
Your Guide to NYC Inauguration Weekend Protests
The Obamas Visited Malia and Sasha’s Old Swing Set at Its New Home at a D.C. Shelter
Bella Hadid Is Reportedly ‘Hurt’ by the Weeknd Dating Selena Gomez
Ask Polly: Should I Quit Grad School?
From Our Partners
powered by PubExchange
The Cut’s Latest Love and War FeaturesA Holiday Season Weekend Through London
A good guide for avid The Crown fans.It’s About Time You Learned Tove Lo’s Name
The singer has crafted pop hits you’ve heard a thousand times by now.Marina Abramovic Has Outlasted Her Lovers and, She Hopes, Her Critics
The world's most famous performance artist at 70.The Wing: Do Women Still Need a Space of Their Own?
This exclusive social club for women, is part sorority, part start-up.In Virtual Reality, Women Run the World
A new generation of female artists is making VR the most diverse corner of the male-dominated tech space.The Novelist Disguised As a Housewife
Shirley Jackson wrote 17 books while raising four children — and she couldn't have had a successful career without them.Ava DuVernay on Hollywood Racism, Modern-Day Slavery, and Why She’s Still an Optimist
The director, whose new documentary The 13th chronicles America’s history of racial subjugation, talks to Rebecca Traister about Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and the modern criminal-justice system.What No One Tells Couples Trying to Conceive
It helps to be rich.The Hidden Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race
A segregated unit of mathematicians born of desperation during World War II became the secret to NASA’s success.Slut-Shaming Squids Are Everywhere
The “Bermuda Square” comic strip is back.
The collaboration that dreams are made of.Good Morning America Host Amy Robach Apologizes for Saying ‘Colored People’ on Air
She quickly apologized.Unknown NFL Player Tries to Get Attention by Asking Aly Raisman Out in Video
That’s one way to do it.Don’t Mess This Up, Mischa Barton
Marissa Cooper is poised for a comeback ... maybe.California Votes to Remove Time Limit on Prosecuting Rape Cases
In light of the Bill Cosby case.Beyoncé’s Behind-the-Scenes Lemonade Photos Belong in a Museum
She had the "Boycott Beyoncé" sign already in formation on set.The Rise of the Male Celebrity Full-Frontal
An ex-publicist explains.Gabby Douglas Will Be a Miss America Judge
The gold-medal gymnast will help choose the 2017 pageant winner.Camille Becerra’s Photo Diary of Rockaway Beach
An ideal trip to add and cross off your summer bucket list.Sorry Nerds, Ian McKellen Won’t Officiate Your Expensive Lord of the Rings–Themed Wedding
Not even for $1.5 million.