If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many is a GIF worth? We may be about to find out.
Two graduate students at the MIT Media Lab aim to create a text-to-GIF translator, as part of an ongoing project, one which could also reveal cultural differences regarding emotions.
Kevin Hu and Travis Rich created a website called GIFGIF, which presents users with two GIFs at a time and asks them to choose which better expresses one of 17 emotions (such as contempt, pleasure or surprise). There are currently approximately 4,000 GIFs in the GIFGIF system.