UCLIC Research Seminar Series
Drawing on past and ongoing work, this talk will consider the social trajectory of technologies that pertain to gauge and interact with human emotion.
With hitherto unseen attention from policymakers and civil society groups, emotion recognition is now high on human rights and data protection agendas. To explore this, the talk will briefly provide historical context to the technologies. It will then progress to focus on ethics, governance, social acceptability, and work at the Emotional AI Lab that assesses quantitative and qualitative UK citizen perspectives of emotion and other affect-sensitive applications. Insights will draw on empirical work on uses of such systems in toys, education, cars, advertising, political campaigning, workplaces, and security, as well as cross-cultural factors with a focus on Japan and the UK.
Andrew McStay is Professor of Digital Life at Bangor University, UK. His most recent book, Emotional AI: The Rise of Empathic Media, examines the impact of technologies that make use of data about affective and emotional life. Director of The Emotional AI Lab, current projects include cross-cultural social analysis of emotional AI in UK and Japan.