Sunday, 28 September 2014

I find the increasing use of machines in the realm of emotional facial recognition unnerving

I feel like we are becoming subservient drones at the behest of technology and the inexorable path it is taking us (i.e. where the data points us toward), and that an increasing proportion of the western world couldn't care less where that path led.
Right now most of us are in awe of machines and what they can do now, and wonder at the thought of how much better than us they will be in the future. We've already started to worship them and surrender autonomy of our critical faculties; facial recognition being just one.
If you need a machine to tell you whether someone is happy or sad then I'm sorry but you need to find a new brain. For the more subtle emotional responses such as jealousy or melancholy, what good is a machine that informs you of such an emotion when you fail to grasp the significance of it in the first place? You must first be able to experience and recognise melancholy in order for the judgement of a machine to mean anything to you.
We're on the verge of creating a world where we are being told that someone is melancholic, then asserting this 'fact' and acting upon it despite never truly 'feeling' it. This is dangerous territory and basically amounts to technology utilising humans to relay its own narrative (borne out through this enactment of following where the data points to). Humans will be gifting their uniqueness to the machines. I honestly hope that the number of people who look forward to a world such as this plateaus off soon and ultimately decreases