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Affective Computing

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>What means Affective Computing

Affective Computing is the study and development of technologies that can recognize, process, interpret, and correctly simulate human emotions. This interdisciplinary research field includes psychology, computer science, and cognitive science. The origins of the research field go back to early philosophical studies of emotions (“affect” is basically a synonym for “emotion”).

But the more modern branch of computer science emerged with Rosalind Picard’s 1995 paper on Affective Computing.
Big motivation for researchers is the ability to simulate empathy via technology. The technology should interpret a person’s emotional state and adapt their behavior to it, giving an appropriate response to human emotions.

How does Affective Computing work ?

Affective computing technologies sense a user’s emotional state (via sensors, microphones, cameras, and/or software logic) and respond by performing certain predefined product/service functions, such as playing certain videos programmed as appropriate responses to certain emotions.


The more computers we have in our lives, the more we want them to behave politely and be socially intelligent. We don’t want technology to bother us with useless information. This kind of common sense requires an understanding of the emotional state of the person.

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