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"The Humane Machine: Building AI Systems with Emotional Intelligence" by Arpit Mathur (Comcast)

AI based systems have become more and more a part of our everyday lives in the last few years. We now interact routinely with AI based systems like Siri and Alexa. However most such systems today are designed to be functional with little attention paid to the emotional context of these interactions. This is the space of the emerging science of Affective Computing, sometimes referred to as "Emotional AI".

In this session we'll look at the state of the Artificial Emotional Intelligence space as well as the components of modern AEI systems especially in the domain of digital conversational agents. We'll also look at how humans react to such systems and conclude with the risks and rewards of building systems that are capable of understanding and simulating emotions.