The Weekly Stripe – 21.06.19
The next generation of consumer technology may well come with emotional sensitivity built in. This week’s Stripings shares four different angles on technology’s historic, imminent and imagined impact on our emotions.
Amazon’s product roadmap is getting very emotional according to recent patent filings. The patent filed in 2017 describes a system in which voice software uses analysis of vocal patterns to determine how a user is feeling, discerning among “joy, anger, sorrow, sadness, fear, disgust, boredom, stress, or other emotional states.” This Daily Dot piece explores the potential risks and positives associated with emotional tech.
If the prospect of emotional tech frightens you then look no further than the new Child’s Play film to have your fear flames fanned. In the film the psycho doll Chucky returns in emotionally literate, future tech form to wreak many shades of hell. Watch the embedded trailer for a flavour of the action.
Luke Kennedy and Susan J Matt’s new book Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid: Changing Feelings About Technology, From the Telegraph to Twitter, takes a more measured view of our emotional relationship with tech. It highlights the importance of context as a frame for our view of technology’s impact on our emotions and are wellbeing.
In this final piece Meghan Butler explores the challenges facing the technology industry as it develops the next wave off emotional products and the need for it to build trust fast.