Playlist: 4 talks on technology to make us better humans

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Roboticist Angela Lim and her robot stand with a TEDxKL volunteer onstage

Can technology “expand our humanness”?  Yes, says TEDxMileHigh speaker Lauren Constantini, a researcher dedicated to the creation and use of technological tools to quantify and track human emotional intelligence.

“We typically think of technology as something that separates us from being human, but I ask you to think of technology as a way of expanding our humanness,” she says in her talk. Constantini believes that innovations like wearable technology Spire, a device that sends an alert to take ten deep breaths when human data indicates stress, can help humans to become more self-aware, more emotionally intelligent, more attuned to their emotions during daily experiences.

In an age when EQ is increasingly recognized as a quotient as important as IQ, technology that quantifies emotion in our lives has tremendous potential and implications for human self-knowledge and empathy, Constantini says. These next four talks look at technology that can capture and measure emotion across a diverse population of individuals:

The Quantified Self: How Wearable Sensors Expand Human Potential | Lauren Constantini | TEDxMileHigh
What are your emotional triggers to overeating? At TEDxMileHigh, Lauren Constantini explains how wearable sensors can give people the knowledge through self-tracking over time to mindfully understand the correlations behind their emotional variability and behaviors.

Emotion technology | Roz Picard | TEDxSF
From individuals who are grieving the death of a loved one to non-verbal individuals with autism, MIT’s Affective Computing researcher Roz Picard, demonstrates how in lieu of verbal communication, individuals can transparently communicate emotion through an electrodermal activity sensor that measures sympathetic nervous signals on the skin.

Can technology (re) humanize us? | Craig Beals | TEDxBozeman
When high school science teacher Craig Beals was dissatisfied with the authenticity of students’ responses to “how are you?”, he discovered that a mood logging computer program increased the likelihood and capacity for shared social-emotional states in his classroom, which allowed him to be a better teacher to his students.

Robots, Emotions & Empathy | Angelica Lim | TEDxKL
In this talk, computer scientist Angelica Lim imagines that robots too will “one day…know how to love and how to have empathy,” such that technology will be able to react and respond appropriately to the emotional complexities and nuances of both verbal and body language.

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