Agenda for Affective Agent
Text was written in 2013 before the premiere of smartwatches and after the premiere of Google glass.
Life is manifesting itself in various fields. Some of them are conscious and they are under the pressure of culture. We are responsible for our will and gesture. But other hand we are not responsible for our affects but they are most beauty part of our life. So it means that only controlled body and it’s misery is part of our daily life. Happiness is part of nightly life. However it is banal simplification that is reflecting the model of Egiptian believes that sun is death and underground is life. Water and river is life, snake is a sign of life. Hats the reason why Ehnatonoan heresy had failed. Sun could not be the only God. Democratic pantheon had reached the human being and we becomes God’s in our world. But as God’s we have the same urges that other gods of pantheon. We can understand ourself only on the surface. Everything under the skin of consciousness can be measured just and only by affect.
How to measure it? Medical apparatus is full of nice devices to monitor breath, heart beat, blood pressure, body temperature, skin resistance and much much more. This medical revolution in mobile media was started by the Samsung Galaxy S IV as the first device with some of such medical equipment built in the smartphone.
Why that is so revolutionary? We believe that tools like smartphone can be use by us and for sure in conscious way. In my opinion extension for that should be next Google Glass or Apple iWatch. But there is a huge field for the software that can monitor our body and put the data in the database with other details like hour, light, position, or the speech recognition. All of that can build the portrait of the youth that could predict in agenda our behaviors and eliminate the voice commands. How danger that affective agent in device can be if the data will be in the wrong hands. Privacy of data is now the key issue in the age of PRISM.
JAAK PANKSEPP, Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions (Series in Affective Science), 1998
Picard, Rosalind W. Affective computing (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1997).