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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628727333
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 1,213,260
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

A Futurist View xiii

Part 1 The Road to Affective Computing

1 The Dawn of Emotional Machines 3

2 How Emotion Bootstrapped the First Technological Revolution 9

3 Building the Future 32

4 Tell Us How You Feel 49

5 Launching the Emotion Economy 63

6 Kismet and the Robots 78

Part 2 The Rise of Emotional Machines

7 The Uncanny Valley of the Dolls 95

8 Learning Affectively 108

9 Marching into a Minefield 122

10 Sentimental Fools 136

11 Who Will Really Care? 148

12 Mixing It Up 161

Part 3 The Future of Artificial Emotional Intelligence

13 The Love Machines 179

14 AI in the Family 194

15 FeelGood, Inc. 209

16 Window in the Dark: AIs in Fiction 225

17 For Better and For Worse 240

18 Will AIs Dream of Electric Sheep? 260

Acknowledgments 275

Notes 279

Index 301

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