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.
©2017 Richard Yonck (P)2017 Tantor
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"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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By Sean on 21-05-17

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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By Rodolfo on 09-05-18

Excellent storytelling about machine intelligence

The book try to Focus on Emotion Artificial Intelligence and the way we Will Interact with It.
There's good information about the field... in general a good book to read and an introduction to the theme.
Don't forget to read Picard book's which open the field.

Good read...

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3 out of 5 stars
By Brian Tarbox on 27-02-18

A book on machine emotion read with zero emotion

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend a friend get the kindle version of this book. The topics are interesting but the performance was completely flat.

Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

They were at a fine level but the performance got in the way

How could the performance have been better?

Give a little emotion. The reader sounded like a late night FM radio host on Nyquil.

Was Heart of the Machine worth the listening time?

Not really

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