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Affective computing leader, Affectiva asked me to share some of my ideas about the developing emotion economy. Future Reflections on the Emotion Economy, explores how an ecosystem of emotionally aware devices and services could rapidly develop, creating an infrastucture on which still more sophisticated capabilities would be built.

This field could well be among the major drivers of the economy in years to come, both nationally and globally. Forecasts consistently show artificial intelligence-related revenues growing rapidly for the foreseeable future, with global revenues quintupling over the next five years. Forecasts for the subcategory of affective computing mirror this growth.

These are still very early days. We need only look at software like Visicalc and WordStar, the first personal computer spreadsheet and word processor developed in 1979, to catch a glimpse of how far a technology can mature in just a few decades.

The emotion economy is just one of the areas I explore in my new book, Heart of the Machine.

Time Magazine on Heart of the Machine

There’s something wonderfully satisfying about pouring yourself into a project for the better part of two years, then finally see the first piece of recognition at the national level. Time Magazine’s “Books in Brief” covers Heart of the Machine in their February 27, 2017 issue.

Time Magazine review
Time Magazine review

Fast Company article about the “Emotion Economy”

Launching the Emotion Economy
Launching the Emotion Economy

My latest at Fast Company/Co.Exist has the rather lengthy title “Welcome to the Emotion Economy Where AI Responds to–and Predicts–Your Feelings“. It’s been among my most widely shared articles, which my editor there confirmed. Hopefully this means there are a lot of readers out there who are ready to explore this subject in more depth?

APF Global Futures Festival

APF Futures Festival
APF Futures Festival
Heart of the Machine cover
Heart of the Machine cover
I’ll be speaking about Artificial Emotional Intelligence at the Global Futures Festival this Friday, Sept 16. Put on by the Association of Professional Futurists, it’s a virtual gathering that’s free to the public with registration. There will be futurists presenting from all over the world from 12:00/noon EDT till after midnight. My talk is at 6pm PDT/ 9pm EDT. Hope you can make it!

New York Times Interview

There’s something very satisfying about waking up in the morning to find you’ve been featured in a New York Times article. Writer, consultant and workplace expert, Alexandra Levit spoke with me earlier this summer about some of the ways increasingly emotionally aware technology will change our work environment.
NYT-Preoccupations
NYT-Preoccupations
Given the preponderance of vanishing job doom-and-gloom, we focused on the idea that more and more we’re going to see “co-work” situations in which AIs and robots work alongside people to help enhance capabilities and productivity. Such scenarios will only benefit from these technologies’ growing ability to be emotionally sensitive to their human co-workers. Since this inevitably contributes to the growth of machine intelligence, it’s a win-win for both our tribes.

“Heart of the Machine” coming to a store near you!

I haven’t been writing articles or posting for a good few months, because I’ve been head down completing my new book. Heart of the Machine is now complete and going through final edits with my publisher, Skyhorse Publishing, one of the fastest growing independent publishers in the country.

Heart of the Machine cover 600x900
Heart of the Machine cover 600x900

Toys that change based on children’s emotional responses. Smart homes and digital assistants that sense what kind of day you had and interact with you accordingly. Devices that can artificially generate a specific feeling for you. Perhaps even the foundations for true machine consciousness. Heart of the Machine: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence explores the coming era of affective computing, social robotics and other emotionally-aware technologies. These systems are destined to transform our world and our lives over the next few decades. Already, the field is forecast to grow from a U.S. market of $9.35 billion in 2015 to $42.51 billion by 2020. That’s a heck of a growth rate for a market that virtually didn’t exist a decade ago!

Heart of the Machine is being released in March 2017 and is now available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For other outlets, ask your friendly neighborhood bookstore when they plan to get it on their shelves. To learn more about this incredible future, please visit this page.

 

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