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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new era of space mining is the topic of my latest article for Scientific American. The recent passage of the Space Act of 2015 by Congress will finally eliminate a lot of uncertainty for this nascent industry, assuming President Obama signs it into law. Given the enormous cost of lifting materials and supplies into orbit and beyond, the ability to draw from off-planet resources is critical for the continuing development of space exploration and colonization. As Eric Anderson, co-founder and co-chairman of Planetary Resources stated following Congressional passage of the Act:
“Many years from now, we will view this pivotal moment in time as a major step toward humanity becoming a multi-planetary species. This legislation establishes the same supportive framework that created the great economies of history, and it will foster the sustained development of space.”
Given the continuing progress being made by the developing commercial space industry, including yesterday’s first successful VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) by Blue Origin, it seems to me we may be witnessing the start of one of the great transformational periods in human history.