Agency of Emotion

Dave Chan

Thesis Project

Engaging with provisional realities cedes the human voice in favor of predictive algorithms. Will this improve our relationships, or produce an unacceptable strain on our individual agency and identity?

Agency of Emotion is a speculative software which embeds text based provisional realities into existing platforms, such as instant messaging and email. Provisional realities are formed by combining human emotion and temporal augmentation (predictive simulations). The resulting natural language generation appears plausible, because it is based upon an ever-increasing dataset of previous user interactions (and their emotional effects). Agency of Emotion interrogates: emotion based identity, roles of system transparency, and the collision of technology with emotional intelligence.

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