With the exception of the occasional "Are you happy to continue with installation?" type pop-up message, computers haven't classically cared much about how we feel. That's all set to change with the arrival of affective computing, the development of systems and devices that are able to recognize, interpret and respond accordingly to human emotions. With modern artificial intelligence breakthroughs having given us machines with significant IQ, a burgeoning group of researchers and well-funded startups now want to match this with EQ, used to describe a person's ability to recognize the emotions of those around them. "Today's A.I. systems have massive amounts of cognitive capability, but there's no emotional intelligence in these technologies," Gabi Zijderveld, head of product strategy at Affectiva , told Digital Trends. "Many of our interactions with A.I. systems are currently very transactional, and often superficial and ineffective. That's because these systems don't truly understand how we're reacting to them, and are therefore unable to adapt to how we're engaging with them. We think that's a fundamental flaw in technology today." Welcome to the world of affective computing, a heady blend of psychology and computer science. Based on the idea that something as ephemeral as emotion can be… Read full this story
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