BOJ governor laughs off face recognition technology to predict policy changes

TOKYO, JAPAN (OCTOBER 31, 2017) (​TV TOKYO) – Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Tuesday (October 31) laughed off the notion that researchers can use artificial intelligence to analyse his facial expressions and predict changes in monetary policy.

Kuroda spoke in response to questions about two artificial intelligence researchers, one from Nomura Securities and the other from Microsoft, who used software to analyse split-second changes in Kuroda’s facial expressions at his post-meeting press conferences.

They had written a study stating that Kuroda expresses brief signs of “anger” and “disgust” at news conferences that preceded two recent major policy changes, but Kuroda was all laughs and even suggested that the researches could be easily outsmarted.