Technological advancements are changing the way that humans communicate and interact with each other. Engineers and researchers are working on developing technology that can understanding natural human language and read facial expressions. These advancements have led to greater abilities to use technology to “read” sentiments, thoughts, and moods of human beings.
These advancements include the ability to “read” emotions in text through a deeper understanding of nuanced communication, and the ability for facial recognition to predict moods and temperaments of people based on their expressions. MIT is currently developing a fabric embedded with MRI technology that, when combined with advances in neuroscience, will open the door for signalling brain activity and the possibility of “scanning” the live thoughts of a hat wearer.
These technologies could help us predict and respond to emotional distress, which could lead to better support for mental health and well-being.
The ability to “read” the thoughts of other people may lead to a world where belonging feels easier and where people feel more connected.
Technologies that use personal biological processes (e.g. ECG readings) or the scanning of facial expressions could be used to collect very personal information without our consent.
The ability to “read” thought processes creates the opportunity for intense monitoring of internal states.
Our interactions with technology will become more natural and more like we are interacting with other people instead of machines.
Technology may disrupt the delicate, nuanced interplay of parent-child responsiveness, affecting attachment, bonding, parenting and child development and well-being.
How new is this trend?
This is just developing, but change happens fast. If you pay attention to the media, you may see stories about this now.
- Mood and emotional detecting computers
- Using more secure biometric information for identification
- The brain-reading technology is being applied to mind-controlled drone
- Machine learning is being used to understand the nuance and context in text messages and translates to emojis
- The application of face recognition
- Telepathic cap
What's driving these trends?
Drivers are forces that create change. These can be things like shifting populations and demographics of an area, or cultural movements and stories that we rely on to shape how we believe. Drivers are often the “causes” behind the trends and signals we observe through our scan.
Integration of Technology
Technology, particularly computing devices and capabilities are becoming more pervasive and embedded in all aspects of our lives and society. This rapid acceptance of technology is forcing many industries, communities and individuals to change in a variety of ways.
Connectivity & Processing Speeds
Advancements in technology have created much faster connectivity and processing speeds. These specific achievements have enabled countless innovations in personal computing devices, technology platforms and artificial intelligence, among other things.