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Heart of the Machine: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence
     

Heart of the Machine: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence

by Richard Yonck
 

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Imagine a robotic stuffed animal that can read and respond to a child’s emotional state, a commercial that can recognize and change based on a customer’s facial expression, or a company that can actually create feelings as though a person were experiencing them naturally. Heart of the Machine explores the next giant step in the relationship

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Imagine a robotic stuffed animal that can read and respond to a child’s emotional state, a commercial that can recognize and change based on a customer’s facial expression, or a company that can actually create feelings as though a person were experiencing them naturally. Heart of the Machine explores the next giant step in the relationship between humans and technology: the ability of computers to recognize, respond to, and even replicate emotions. Computers have long been integral to our lives, and their advances continue at an exponential rate. Many believe that artificial intelligence equal or superior to human intelligence will happen in the not-too-distance future; some even think machine consciousness will follow. Futurist Richard Yonck argues that emotion, the first, most basic, and most natural form of communication, is at the heart of how we will soon work with and use computers.

Instilling emotions into computers is the next leap in our centuries-old obsession with creating machines that replicate humans. But for every benefit this progress may bring to our lives, there is a possible pitfall. Emotion recognition could lead to advanced surveillance, and the same technology that can manipulate our feelings could become a method of mass control. And, as shown in movies like Her and Ex Machina, our society already holds a deep-seated anxiety about what might happen if machines could actually feel and break free from our control. Heart of the Machine is an exploration of the new and inevitable ways in which mankind and technology will interact.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
02/15/2017
We've been captivated by the idea of artificial intelligence (AI), its potential, and its inadvertent consequences since the rise of the digital age, and it continues to be a hot topic in movies and television. Yonck, who has contributed to Scientific American, The Wire, and World Future Today, makes a compelling argument for why affective computing (technology that can read, interpret, replicate, and experience emotions and use those abilities to influence us) is the key to AI and the heart of how we will work with computers. While the author, a self-proclaimed futurist who has spent his career analyzing trends to predict possible events and their general outcomes, does explore future prospects of emotional AI, this book's strength lies in its analysis of past and present developments in this subfield of computer science: affective computing helps doctors learn what triggers stress, robotic animals give dementia patients comfort, and facial expression and body language software assist security professionals. Aimed at a general audience, this work focuses on one topic at a time, using an accessible anecdote or a fictional future scenario, resulting in an engaging read. VERDICT For those interested in technology trends, robots, and AI.—Heidi Uphoff, Sandia National Laboratories, NM
From the Publisher
"A fascinating, and sometimes disturbing, look at a rapidly approaching future where smart machines understand and manipulate our emotions—and ultimately bond with us in ways that blur the line between ourselves and our technology." —Martin Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Robots

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781628727333
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
03/07/2017
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
436,624
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Yonck is a futurist, author, and speaker with Intelligent Future Consulting based in Seattle. An award-winning author on developing trends and technologies, he has written features and cover stories for numerous publications and web sites, and is the computing and artificial intelligence contributing editor for the long-running The Futurist magazine. He has been published in Scientific American, World Future Review, Fast Company, Wired, Psychology Today, H+ magazine, American Cinematographer, Mensa Bulletin, and the Seattle Times. He lives in Seattle.

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