Exploring the consequences of emotional data
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The project investigates how accurate emotional data would impact individuals and society. We ask the question: “how can we prepare future designers to use emotional data as a material?” Our learnings from developing exploratory concepts are summarized in a set of principles for using emotional data, presented on a website. The principles are meant to inform future work using emotional data as a material, and are designed to be actionable, and written in a way that makes actors who claim to follow them accountable. Each principle is joined by “practices”; examples from concept work meant to further examplify how the principles can impact a project. The website will evolve in tandem with the technology developing, and when the technology eventually exists, take on a more reviewing role, looking at how real world examples apply accurate emotional data. Experiential trial: ”Emotional facts robot” Our approach in this project has been that going deep into different contexts will offer more valuable insight on future technology, than a purely system level approach. We made three exploratory concepts: A mental health app, content recommendation, and targeted ads, as well as a number of experiential trials. When discussing accurate emotional data, and weighing the positives versus the negatives, most will agree that implementing such a technology might not be a good idea. But: Technological development will not follow a moral compass, and we need to be ready.