Computers and machines are being built to interact with humans on an emotional level. They are being programmed to read our emotions. Therapy bots are made to address the issue of the rise in the senior population. There are apps to help us stay calm. There is a device that measures our heart rate to help us address anxiety.

What are your thoughts on this new “emotional intelligence” being instilled into machines? Is it wise of the makers of these products given that there are a lot of people who don’t get what they need emotionally from the humans they know?




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  1. ladybarbara 3 weeks ago

    That sounds creepy. I come from stronger stock than that. I don’t need emotional support or any of that touchy-feely airy fairy crap. The computer can keep their unicorn rainbows. I like life just the way it is. Life is real. It has it’s ups and downs and I am fine with that.

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      Scarlett2 3 weeks ago

      @ladybarbara I can believe that you are strong and wouldn’t be in need of such devices. You are resilient given all you have been through. There are a lot of people who do experience difficulty with their emotional and mental wellbeing, though, and I am curious if this reliance on machines or technology to help those who aren’t as strong as you is harmful or helpful…

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  2. Yin 3 weeks ago

    Hard to really say. There are pros and cons to either. If we create bots that are accurate, they’d be better than humans in finding issues since they would be less likely to make mistakes. There is something that is unique about a human interaction though. Also have to think of those that maybe don’t live in an area to get services of humans with those skills. Though, creating such technology would put more people out of business and create an issue of less people in general. I feel that is inevitably coming to every single profession eventually — bots having every job. The politics around all of that will be very important going forward. These reigns will be created regardless, so it is very important to choose who has those reigns. Are we just going to let bots do everything and corporations get everything and leave everyone else to just suffer, or do we do some crazy tax thing where every citizen gets so much money since they can’t get jobs to earn any. It will probably be a while before machines do it all, but it is something to think about before it happens and while we are currently heading down that road.

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      Scarlett2 3 weeks ago

      @Yin I agree completely. I think that is where we are headed. those with the best Jos will be the ones creating and programming the machines. Maybe it will result in a flat income for everyone? I don’t know. However, I can say for sure there is unhealthy and healthy when it comes to technology. There are parents creating Instagram accounts for their babies now, and then when the baby gets older they already have them 500 followers. To me, that isn’t healthy! I am not sure where I fall on the spectrum of health versus unhealthy when it comes to the use of technology. I already have a virtual job where most of my work is done from home on a computer now. Sometimes I feel like the people I train are at a disadvantage just because they aren’t having the benefit of someone there to guide them through the process. However, to my initial question, I have to say there arent all that many emotionally healthy humans in the world so maybe the bots are the best alternative for now…

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      • Yin 2 weeks ago

        @Scarlett2 Healthiness, preference, accessibility, cost, convenience, quality, reliability. Such a crazy thing to juggle. Maybe we need a bot to calculate it. The people that make account for their kids and stuff is odd though. Never understood it. I wonder what they chances are they will even use it when they are old enough. Seems like one of those things where the kid would be embarrassed and just make another one.

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  3. Jear77 2 weeks ago

    I try ro escape the computerized respones “operator please” repeatedly until i get connected to one. I hate those auto response bots on websites too, because they’re limited in how they’re programmed

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  4. luftballooneyegouge 2 weeks ago

    The big issue to me is what will happen to all the cats & dogs when really good animatronic stuffed animals hit the market that can have all the simulations of a pet’s behaviors, abilities, & cuddliness but without any hair or bio-waste at all?

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  5. Squirrel 4 days ago

    I’m not sure how I feel and would love to develop my perspective more. I know I don’t know enough about it but think it’s a mixed bag. Some good, some bad. Just enough to say it helps. What are we losing is what I’d like to know, but all I know is I’m ignorant on the truth of the matter and it’s prudent to get informed before solidifying a perspective.

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