• Emma Todd


Thursday, March 31 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Empathable: Our Path to Human Empathy in a World of Machine Learning and AI

Join Playground of Empathy for a discussion hosted by Radiolab’s Molly Webster, with one of the world’s brightest minds on ‘how we feel,’ Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, and Micah Kessel, an emotions-centered experiential designer. They explore the complexities of how our emotions are shaping the future of humanity in our automated society.

In the blinding new dawn of AI Design, behind every automated interaction is an encoding of how we feel and view others. With video surveillance, facial recognition, and algorithmic matching, our feelings and viewpoints are suddenly translated and put into the world as truths. 'Truths' that influence billions, leading to judgements, accountabilities, and fates, often without a human touch. Is there a greater need than ever to take responsibility in entering a deeper understanding of the relationship between AI and our emotions? It seems that with every report of AI diminishing our humanity, that perhaps we've spun out of control.

But there’s hope at the forefront of brain science, where we understand better than ever how emotions are made and how easily our assumptions can lead us to false conclusions about each other. This gives us the opportunity to change our choice making to be closer to how we would want to be treated ourselves and translate that into the AI and machine-learning that is changing the landscape of our society today.



Cahners Theater


Recommended for: Visitors 18 years of age and older

This program is free, thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.

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