Decoding Pig Emotions With AI

A team of scientists—co-led by Elodie Briefer of the University of Copenhagen—has used an AI algorithm to translate acoustic characteristics within a pig’s grunts to determine how the animal is feeling. The aim of decoding these “oinks, snuffles, grunts and squeals” is to improve animal, and particularly livestock, wellbeing. As Briefer explains, “We have trained the algorithm to decode pig grunts. Now we need someone …

Researching The Theory That Money Can’t Buy Happiness

Whether or not money buys happiness remains a collective fixation—and many scholars endeavor to answer the question through countless studies. In a much-cited paper published in 2010, psychologist Daniel Kahneman and economist Angus Deaton determined that an individual’s life satisfaction improved as their income increased, but emotional wellbeing plateaued once a household achieved an income of $75,000 (equal to about $90,000 now). Around the same …

Rembarrassment, Nitwhoppering, Lenniness and More Newly Defined Emotions

After recognizing that society has long-embraced the belief that there is a finite—even minuscule—number of basic human emotions, the editorial team at The Cut has introduced 78 new complex emotions based on the idea that if you can say it, you can feel it. As the brain loves concepts and classifications, words like FOMO and hangxiety have found a place in our vernacular. The Cut’s …