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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.
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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
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