Rosalind Picard: [video] Affective Computing

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Rosalind Picard is the founder and director of the Affective Computing research group at the MIT Media Lab.  Read Rosalind’s full bio here…

“It’s not like you’re usually unemotional and suddenly there is an outburst of emotion, although that can be the most visible but emotion is always there. It’s like weather, whether it’s sunny, boring, raining, thunderstorms, tornadoes, it’s always there and it’s changing and it’s biasing and affecting everything we do”

“So what people I think need to realize and an increasingly number of roboticists are realizing this, is that emotions–emotional intelligence is essential for any technology that is interacting with a human in a way that purports to be intelligent.”

“So if we want to actually build an AI that works in the real world, that handles complex unpredictable information, with flexible intelligence we need basically an emotion system to do it. You can imagine this didn’t go over real well in the beginning but now actually I think a lot of people are starting to see that this is a core part of building an intelligent system.”

Click here for the full transcript of Rosalind Picard’s interview.

Links & Resources:

• Rosalind @ MIT Media Lab
• TEDxSF: “Emotion Technology”
Affective Computing Group @ MIT


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