Affectiva and Uber want to brighten your day with machine learning and emotional intelligence

Your phone doesn’t know how you’re feeling — but you may want it to if that capability came with a few fringe benefits. Affectiva makes emotion-detection software, and CEO Rana el Kaliouby was full of ideas today at Disrupt SF as to how it could be deployed, from gifs to Ubers.“We’re obsessed with emotional AI, we wake up thinking about it,” said Rana el Kaliouby. “I imagine a future where every device has a little emotion chip and can read your emotions, just like it’s touchscreen enabled or GPS enabled.” If you aren’t creeped out by that, you might see a few of the benefits. As el Kaliouby points out, technology is getting personal. “The way we relate to our devices and apps, it’s becoming very relational,” she said. “The…


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