Technology is increasingly designed in the image of people, and today is being given skills to recognize and respond to human emotion expressed in voices, faces, text, physiology, and other behaviors. Software agents and robots are made to appear to have their own emotions (it’s just a simulation.) What are some of the beneficial uses of such effective technologies. What are some concerns it raises, and what kinds of regulations might be made that are helpful or harmful?
Rosalind Picard is the founder and director of the Affective Computing Research lab at the MIT Media Laboratory where she leads research developing AI/machine learning and analytics to improve human health and wellbeing. She is co-founder of Affectiva, which provides Emotion AI communication technologies, and co-founder, chairman of the board, and chief scientist of Empatica, which created the first FDA-cleared smartwatch to detect seizures, and provides data analytics and wearable sensors. Picard is the author of over three hundred peer-reviewed scientific articles in the fields of AI, affective computing, and digital health. She is known internationally for authoring the book, Affective Computing, which helped launch the field by that name. She is a popular speaker and her TED talk has received ~2 million views. Picard’s scientific and engineering accomplishments have been honored with membership in the National Academy of Engineering and with being named a fellow of the IEEE and the AAAC. She holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Masters and Doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.