Your phone will never love you back and you shouldn’t want it to

June 20, 2014

Futurist Ray Kurzweil says our devices will soon process emotions. Super smart futurists like Kurzweil — of  singularity, computer-aided immortality, and Google engineering fame — think that we could soon interact with our devices on an emotional level.

Kurzweil said last week at the Exponential Finance conference. I love Kurzweil and his techno-optimism, but I worry. There’s a crazy paradox in the quest for artificial emotional intelligence (AEI) that Kurzweil and fictional works tout. And let’s not forget the dark side of AEI that Kurzweil fails to mention, that others like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking ponder. […]