Emotions influence every aspect of our lives, how we learn, how we communicate and even how we make decisions.
It impacts our behaviour and decision making in a tremendous manner. Humans were evolved to stay with other humans, interacting with them emotionally. But the way technology has advanced, we have moved on from face-to-face interaction to pinging and chatting.
Sure, you are able to express your emotions with that so-called emoji, but can they equate expression of a human face? Is there a way to change this and add emotions to the technology we use every day? Perhaps the app with EQ that Rana El Kaliouby talks about in the video below could help.
The technology that exists today is really intelligent cognitively but they seem really worthless emotionally. While most of the users today, spend half of their day interacting with screens, it would be great if those devices would understand our emotions and respond accordingly?
As you will see in the video, this app with EQ could tell if you are smiling or frowning, surprised or smirking, which can be really helpful in developing technology with EQ.
Imagine you are busy on your phone and reading some messages, and you get a text from your crush, or simply a message that will make you smile. Your smartphone will recognise that you are happy and will respond in such a way (a little creepy if you ask us!)
It is astonishing how this app can sense emotions and display them accurately on the screen. The app observes every minute detail when humans display their facial expressions, making it possible to differentiate between similar expressions.
Just do not expect the app to respond to your poker face!
This app with EQ can be combined with various devices until the time comes when we will have a built-in emotion chip in our devices. Within a decade or two, all the gadgets that we might use will be emotionally intelligent, and we may be surprised by thinking of the time when machines were void of emotions.
Yet, there is still a question that remains, how exactly does this help us reconnect with each other? It seems that all this app actually does is data mining and connects users more to their device. It seems like a Goerge Orwell 1984-esque world that is about to come true.