2a) you’re feeling1. In my artifact, the EQ

2a) My computational artifact represents the EQ Radio. Researchers from MIT’s CSAIL have developed a device that can determine people’s emotions by analyzing reflections in wireless signals. Using RF waves to measure heartbeat and breathing, researchers can figure out how you’re feeling1. In my artifact, the EQ Radio4 can be seen bouncing wireless signals5 off of the patient’s body5 and using reflected signals to deduce their heart rate, breathing patterns, and other factors that are symptomatic of certain emotions4. Unlike other emotion detection systems, EQ-Radio doesn’t rely on typical emotional cues, like facial expressions, which are not always reliable. The EQ-Radio sends out a wireless signal that bounces off your body. 2b)To create my computational artifact representing the EQ Radio, I used Microsoft Paint. I took an image of the EQ Radio on Google Images and copied it onto a blank canvas4. Next,  I found some images of the signals the EQ Radio uses and put those into the canvas as well4. Then, I drew arrows from each box to a text box where I explained how the signal contributes to the emotion-reading. Lastly, used the pencil tool to draw the signals bouncing off of an image of a person5. I used google images for all my photos.2c) The EQ Radio is a machine designed to read your emotions based off of involuntary changes in your body’s behavior, such as an increased heart rate or unsteady breathing.Using that information, the device can predict whether the person being observed feels happy, sad, angry, or excited. The team reports in the paper that in a sample size of 30 people ranging in age from 19-77, EQ-Radio guesses the emotion correctly 87 percent of the time–a success rate that they say is higher than the competing emotion-detection solutions of rivals like Microsoft’s Emotion API.This innovation has the potential to help psychologists to pick up on cues that are hard to recognize,and that may have missed without the device, and could eventually be used in the healthcare that could help monitor and diagnose conditions like depression and anxiety. Also, because the EQ Radio uses wireless signals to analyze patterns, it is a highly accurate form of health monitoring that could be used in the future, for example learning about mysterious conditions like arrhythmia. But, the EQ Radio could also make the people of the future less social. If people started constantly relying on a machine to determine how someone else is feeling, they may lose the ability to communicate and understand emotions without it. Therapy business will lose the client’s trust and personal connection that most people look for when trying to talk to someone and need help controlling their emotions. Also, if the machine were wrong, or if someone was messing with the machine by faking their actions, then the machine’s reliability and accuracy would be questioned. Overall, the EQ Radio can be very beneficial with its medical applications, or be harmful by making creating a less social interaction.2d)The EQ Radio uses wireless signals to determine the patient’s heart rate and breathing patterns2. Then, it transforms this data by using an algorithm and compares it with data from other patients to ascertain the specific emotion that is afflicting the patient at a given time1. In this scenario, the input is the patient’s heart rate and breathing patterns, and it is transformed into the output, a display of the emotion the patient is feeling. However, the implementation of this device can raise some data security and privacy concerns. The vast amounts of information can be easily accessed by people with negative effect creating a problem where your medical information could be altered1. Cyber people could use personal information to break into your other accounts creating major destruction. Lastly if an insurer were to locate this information, they may increase the rates you are paying for your insurance and make great profits at your expense. But, even though there is lots of potential for negative effects as a result of this innovation, the various medical and psychological benefits far outweigh them.2e) 1. Griggs, Mary Beth. “Wireless Sensors Can Detect People’s Emotions.” Popular Science. Bonnier Corporation, 20 Sept. 2016. Web. 07 Feb. 2017. 2. Gent, Edd. “Device Can Read Emotions By Bouncing Wireless Signals Off Your Body.”LiveScience. Purch, 4 Oct. 2016. Web. 07 Feb. 2017 3. Adam Conner-Simons | Rachel Gordon | CSAIL. “Detecting Emotions with Wireless Signals.” MIT News. MIT, 20 Sept. 2016. Web. 07 Feb. 2017 4. Dignan, Larry. “Your Wireless Router Could Become Emotionally Intelligent, Says MIT.”ZDNet. ZDNet, 20 Sept. 2016. Web. 08 Feb. 2017. 5. Bethell, Monique. “DailyTech – EQ-Radio: A New Device for Wirelessly Detecting Emotions.”DailyTech – EQ-Radio: A New Device for Wirelessly Detecting Emotions. N.p., 26 Sept. 2016. Web. 08 Feb. 2017


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