Quantifiable self + Bio-sensing = Affective computing

 

Affective computing is slowly working its way to the forefront of techno-trends from a not too distant previous era where affective computing was and is still used to gather market data in order to predict and direct market trends in forms of algorithms. only this iteration provides the user a wider range of benefit from this technology.

biosensors which individuals carry on them via smart devices track, interpret, process, and simulate human affects. bodily phenomena are measured and the data electronically synced to devices which then, in turn, takes actions in respect of your mood to soothe it even offering suggestions as to activities that “could” improve ones’ current state.

glossing over the topic one could easily count numerous possibilities of which affective computing can essentially improve the state and well-being of individuals. one good example of the affective computing would be Remote monitoring of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) which links patients wirelessly to the clinic via a box in their bedroom.

for a patient who might live alone, additional data provide by other biosensing tech carried on smart devices might indeed be the one thing that could save many more lives. where the automated correspondence can be sent to the closest available emergency contacts or even a neighbor.

it could even be used for security purposes where certain gestures, facial cues and maybe elevated levels in certain bodily phenomena could trigger emergency calls or messages.

the current digital trends would suggest that there is a viable market for this product. Siri now knows our favorite bars, smartwatch[s] and devices fitted with biosensors already monitor various aspects of our physiology.the smart home system takes advantage of these technologies via networked data collection and takes action to sooth emotional states. yet another toy to distract from the real social problems, inducing docility.

 

what securities protect this system and the consumer. digital burglars could exploit system weaknesses in other to get at consumers. inadvertently the cumulation and possession of this data become a tool for power

the measurement of the human emotional states and medicative reaction of computing may appear like the human side of computing but reducing the complexities of being to mere digits may be oversimplifying the human existence.

Creative Critical Contribution

for my CCC, I used a created this “Smarthome Device” the Oculishift. a device that monitors and encourages us to self-regulate.

It is reminiscent of JARVIS from the iron man adventures, keeping track of all our actions to better serve us but unlike tony stark we the consumer can’t truly control where said data goes, the manufacturers do.  while pages of “Terms and agreements” provides the perfect means to hide disclaimers which allow communication capitalist to profit off informations that might be considered private, welcome to the age of Ultron.

The panoptical capabilities of my fictional device is the one aspect of this technology that unnerves me the most.

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