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Visualising Empathy

As part of our exploration of how to facilitate empathy by allowing greater communication of emotion we have been putting together some prototypes which explore not textual representations of emotion. In the example here we have ‘hacked’ a candle so that we can change the colour of its flame. There […]

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Defining empathy

Clarifying the "empathy deficit"

Empathy is a complex psychological phenomenon; today there are as many researchers acknowledging discrepancies in the use of the term, as there are inconsistent definitions. Within both psychological science and lacklustre media articles, the word “empathy” has been generalised to allude to a whole host of related, but fundamentally separable, […]

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e-Health: Monitoring Physical Reactions

e-Health: Monitoring Physical Reactions

On the road towards constructing a Voight Kampff machine, the first stop has been the Cooking Hacks e-Health Arduino shield. This has proved a great success, and has provided us with simple and effective data collection from a number of biometric sensors. We have implemented the tool to report either […]

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Mediating Emotion

Mediating Emotion

Everyday life is full of emotion. We react to situations, conversations, sudden events and elements of our environment in affective ways. As the Neuropsychologist Antonio Damasio complellingly argued[1], emotions, such as pleasure and preference, are intrinsic aspects of making decisions, from the mundane to the extraordinary. Above all, however emotion […]

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VK Teaser

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October 28, 2013

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VK Teaser

A quick teaser of the Voight Kampff 3D model, currently under design…  

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Cybraphon, a robot with feelings

Cybraphon, a robot with feelings

What would happen if we could make a machine that recognizes emotions? And further, what if we could make a machine that has ‘emotions’?How would ‘it’ communicate and to what effect? In 2009, the Edinburgh-based, art collective FOUND, created the Cybraphon, a musical automaton inspired by the play-pianos of the 19th […]

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The Voight-Kampff Machine…

The Voight-Kampff Machine…

In the dystopian science fiction movie Blade Runner a Voight-Kampff machine (VKM) was used to test and distinguish between humans and replicants based on the emphatic response to test questions. This fictional machine measures empathy based on biometrical reactions (e.g. eye movement, heart rate, blush response) to emotional questions. The […]

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