What happens when engineering knows more about us than we do? Poppy Crum studies how we convey passions — and she intimates the end of the poker face is near, as brand-new tech becomes it easy to see the signals that give away how we’re feeling. In a talk and demo, she shows how “empathetic technology” can predict physical signals like body temperature and the chemical composition of our breath to inform on our emotional state. For better or for worse. “If we recognize the ability of growing technological empaths, we get this opportunity where engineering can help us bridge the feeling and cognitive fraction, ” Crum says.
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