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Bringing Emotional Intelligence To Thinking Machines


By now you've heard plenty about how computer algorithms work to anticipate our desires. But they can have issues: artificial intelligence will often reflect the biases and thinking of the humans who created it.

Not only that, but our personal communication--especially in the pandemic--is increasingly electronic, stripped of the emotional cues we get relating to another human in person. Rana el Kaliouby, a pioneer in computer science, works to include emotional intelligence in artificial intelligence.

She calls the field Emotion A.I. and calls her book Girl Decoded: A Scientist's Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology. We explore the field and what she's brought to it.

Additional links: Rana's company, Affectiva.
And the company that makes the autism interfaces for Google Glass, Brain Power.

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