1. Emotional Machines – across art, design, and technology

Keywords: Affective computing, emotional recognition and processing, human-computer interaction, adaptive interfaces, interactive design and art

Emotional machines are becoming integrated in our everyday life. These machines, counting social robotics, smart assistants and tracking technologies, are getting to know our feelings and emotional responses through tracking, analyzing, and categorizing e.g. our facial expressions, vocal intonations, and skin conductance.

In the future, emotional machines can implement emotion recognition and processing in interfaces that are designed, modeled and customized with personalities supporting the user emotionally. Machine learning, human-computer interaction, affective computing, and artificial intelligence are already revolutionizing the ways emotions are detected and developed. Today we are confronted with an era where emotions are standardized, controlled, and designed in the quest for creating relatable machines that are dynamically adaptive to the user.

Emotional machines is an emerging area that is investigated by various actors and fields – including artists, scientists, designers, philosophers, psychologists and activists. Some are experimenting with the offered possibilities, whereas others seek to critique the machine discourse and argue that emotions are not something that can be registered, monetized and engineered.

We invite proposals for papers, workshops, panels, fictions, interventions, and potential other formats within the limits of the conference structure and location. The possible questions to be addressed (not excluding others) are:

  • What can be meant by an emotional machine?
  • What kind of societal impacts might emotional machines induce?
  • What visions can be invoked about emotional machinery in future societies?
  • What relations occur between human and machine when machines have their own emotional language?
  • In what ways can emotional machines affect our notions of what emotions are?
  • How will emotional machines impact our work- and private life, communities and digital relations?
  • How intimately do we want to live with machines?
  • Can, and should, emotional responses be controlled, standardized, designed, engineered, hacked?
  • How will automated systems be emotional?
  • Do emotional machines need to be personified in order to create an emotional impact?
  • How do we want to communicate with machines in our everyday life?
  • What are the politics and aesthetics of emotional machines?

Sub-theme chaired by Stina Hasse Jørgensen and Gunhild Borggreen

Submit a proposal of a maximum 500 words.

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