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Aug 14, 2017

Imagine a robotic stuffed animal that responds to a child’s emotional state or an electronic ad that changes based on the facial expression of the viewer. This event is the book launch for Heart of the Machine: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence by local author and futurist Richard Yonck, in which he explores technological advancements that could give computers the ability to recognize, respond to, and influence emotions. Recent movies like Her and Ex Machina, explore our society’s deep-seated anxiety about machines developing their own motivations. Yonck argues that while instilling emotions into computers is the inevitable future, there are possible pitfalls like advanced surveillance, and technology that manipulates our feelings. Yonck examines these rapidly emerging technologies and the way they will transform our world.

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Recorded live at Town Hall Seattle Tuesday, March 7, 2017