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MIT Students Invent A Universal Language Made Of GIFs

Brooke Feldman

Which GIF better expresses happiness? This one of Ren and Stimpy bouncing up and down, or this one of Lost's John Locke grinning with an orange slice in his mouth? Does your opinion change if Grumpy Cat is added in? These seemingly trivial questions about how you perceive animated GIFs is the central task of GIFGIF, a project from MIT Media lab that isn't just a fun web game, but a first-step toward building up a universal library of non-verbal communication.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I could see this transforming education for those with autism. Or maybe it would be too much sensory overload? Not sure. Would love to see them try that out on that demographic.