My Quest to Make Technology Emotionally Intelligent – and Change the Way We Interact Forever
by Rana el Kaliouby
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'Rana el Kaliouby's vision for how technology should work in parallel with empathy is bold, inspired and hopeful' Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global
'This lucid and captivating book by a renowned pioneer of emotion-AI tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: How can we ensure a future where this technology empowers rather than surveils and manipulates us?' Max Tegmark, professor of physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of Life 3.0
We are entering an empathy crisis. Most of our communication is conveyed through non-verbal cues - facial expressions, tone of voice, body language - nuances that are completely lost when we interact through our smartphones and other technology. The result is a digital universe that's emotion-blind - a society lacking in empathy.
Rana el Kaliouby discovered this when she left Cairo, a newly-married, Muslim woman, to take up her place at Cambridge University to study computer science. Many thousands of miles from home, she began to develop systems to help her better connect with her family. She started to pioneer the new field of Emotional Intelligence (EI). She now runs her company, Affectiva (the industry-leader in this emerging field) that builds EI into our technology and develops systems that understand humans the way we understand one another.
In a captivating memoir, Girl Decoded chronicles el Kaliouby's mission to humanise technology and what she learns about humanity along the way.
"Rana el Kaliouby's vision for how technology should work in parallel with empathy is bold, inspired and hopeful."
Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global
"I really enjoyed this honest story of how science actually works. The road to brilliant innovation is full of setbacks, but often the small travails are what stop us. El Kaliouby's dream was to enable computers to engage human emotions, but she needed to engage her own emotions to invent machines with emotions. Her remarkable life story is a captivating way to understand this new technological frontier: machines with emotional intelligence."
Kevin Kelly, futurist, founding editor of Wired, and author of The Inevitable
"A poignant and deeply personal tale about love, loss, and coming of age on a new scientific frontier."
Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard University and author of Stumbling on Happiness