Talk: XOXO – DBFF*!? Emotional Machines

I’m happy to announce my talk at the symposium on the 17th && 18th of November 2021 „conversations with Computers“ which is a two-day Symposium organized by the net culture initiative in cooperation with the Department of Time-based Media of the University of Art and Design Linz. The symposium addresses contemporary artistic research in the field of AI, focusing on new language that emerge between humans and machines.


Imagine it’s 2040, and you are living together in a collaborative network of diverse digital entities. The project „How are you, my digital friend?“ investigates the possibilities of inscribing the „vibrant matter“ (Bennet, 2020) of „emotions“ (Damasio, 2011) in a socio-technical interface in HCI. Living and working in coexistence with digital actants means that we begin an intimate relationship with them. In this fiction, digital actants can show us their emotion and react emotionally to a particular situation. Emotions are part of the human experience and play a significant role in our life, (maybe) even more extensive than the rational one.
According to the repertoire of the emotional digital machines, the interaction can vary greatly. A subtle-dominant thing is more likely to show its anger and rage if faced with an unpleasant situation. In contrast, a submissive-friendly thing is more likely to react anxiously to the same problem. The emotional repertoire of a thing and the definition of emotional triggers/appeals involves inscribing cultural values and socio-political aspects.
What sorts of emotions/moods are relevant for interaction in the coexistence of humans and machines?
*Digital Best Friends Forever

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