Blog Post #3
In the article Emotional technology: How technology and emotions go hand in hand by Jonas Callewaert, he discusses Artificial Intelligence (A.I) and how it has evolved and our own personal “device & user relationship”. The author goes over a theory of Detection and Conversion, this is the way we as well as A.I. perceive information.
Let us say in your home you have a smart ac system that detects that the temperature of your house falls below 60 Degrees Fahrenheit so it increases the temperature of the house. That is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding A.I. It is evolving to the point where we can track different things such as heart rate, body temperature, etc., to determine a person's mood. Now imagine if that same home heater could detect when you are playing video games and getting upset, it changes the temperature of your room to the optimal user setting that you most frequently are relaxed at. Although we may not be there yet, computers are ever-evolving.
Communication between humans has become harder and harder, yet more convenient than ever. Over quarantine I began to feel a ton of social anxiety, when I would hang out with my friends after 5 months I felt lost for words or I could only contribute a small meaningless burst of words. In the article Texting really is ruining personal relationships psychologist Maggie Mulqueen goes over how texting is ruining relationships.
“Absent the ability to see the reflection of pain or hurt on someone’s face,”
When you send a text it doesn’t have your tone or passion behind it, it’s hard to convey any real meaning over text. Yet this is our most common means of communication. When you’re responding to multiple texts and juggling numerous conversations in your head you lose the value of being in the presence and communicating with someone. You must break the habit of only sending texts as “HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🎉🥳” doesn’t feel as good as a birthday phone call.