Heart of the Machine

  • by Richard Yonck
  • Narrated by Robertson Dean
  • 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Imagine a robotic stuffed animal that can read and respond to a child's emotional state or a commercial that can change based on a customer's facial expression. Heart of the Machine explores the next giant step in the relationship between humans and technology: the ability of computers to recognize, respond to, and even replicate emotions.
Computers have long been integral to our lives, and their advances continue at an exponential rate. Many believe that artificial intelligence equal or superior to human intelligence will happen in the not-too-distance future. Futurist Richard Yonck argues that emotion, the first, most basic, and most natural form of communication, is at the heart of how we will soon work with and use computers.
Instilling emotions into computers is the next leap in our centuries-old obsession with creating machines that replicate humans. But for every benefit this progress may bring to our lives, there is a possible pitfall. Emotion recognition could lead to advanced surveillance, and the same technology that can manipulate our feelings could become a method of mass control. Heart of the Machine is an exploration of the new and inevitable ways in which mankind and technology will interact.


What the Critics Say

"A fascinating, and sometimes disturbing, look at a rapidly approaching future where smart machines understand and manipulate our emotions - and ultimately bond with us in ways that blur the line between ourselves and our technology." (Martin Ford, New York Times best-selling author of Rise of the Robots)


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Thought provoking intellectual accessible

I looked forward to listening to this book. And I was not disappointed. the choice of narrator was inspired. He added an air of authenticity to the subject. Thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end. A brilliant primer to the subject for the uninitiated. Sufficiently academic to ensure rigour in thought.
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- Sean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-03-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio