Scott Feschuk's The Future Of Machines With Feelings?

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Machines Get Emotional: The Future of Human-Machine Interaction Scott Feschuk’s article “The Future of Machines with Feelings” was published in MacLean’s Magazine in 2015. In his essay, Feschuk delivers a vivid picture of emotionally responsive machines and the future of human-machine interaction. On the other hand, he raised his concerns about privacy rights of individuals, which could be violated by emotional sensing machines. Moreover, he mentioned findings of expert researchers such as Rana el Kaliouby. Although this may be true that emotional machines could violate human privacy rights, but technology is going to take over our lives. It can help autistic children to better react to human emotions. Corporations would target emotional state…show more content…
He talks about the benefits of emotion sensing devices, and how it can consequence individual’s lifestyle and comfort level. To begin with, Feschuk demonstrate that researchers are inventing emotional machines which could analyze human emotions and then he points out that “We are only a few short years away from living in a world in which we can disappoint our dishwasher” (229). Later in the article, Feschuk claims that emotional sensing machines can violate human privacy rights and asserts that “How can I stop my toaster from rolling its eyes at my bunny slippers?” (229). After pointing out his concerns, he describes findings of famous scientist “Rana el Kaliouby” and explains that she is working on inventing new technology which would help autistic children to better interpret human emotions. Additionally, Feschuk mention the emotion-sensing vending machine which would display advertisements only when customer is breezy; but he does not provide any evidence that how it can benefit customer or corporation. Besides this, Feschuk claims that researchers would invent cable box which will customize the ads by scanning the individuals room. Throughout the entire article, he relied on different claims presented by emotion sensing machine experts and researchers. Feschuk strengthen his claims by providing “soft” evidences. By using different examples and illustrations, he validates his…show more content…
He demonstrates his claims with a simple short sentences and paragraphs. The main points come early in the sentences, which gives me an idea that he used loose sentences. By using short and lightly developed paragraphs, he hooks the readers from beginning of the article. Usage of ordinary language and loose sentences make this article informal, but it is still precise and well organized. His target audience is group of young generation, which he identifies earlier in the essay when he talks about smartphone. Feschuk uses concrete diction, thus helping readers to create a mental picture, but that diction is more general and not specific about the topic as he asserts “Are you dreaming of the day you finally bond with your refrigerator?” (229). Overall, he wants to say that our future will be influenced by intriguing technology. Feschuk uses humour (funny, comedy) when he says “Your cable box may choose to show you a huge pixelated middle finger and 12 consecutive hours of The Nanny”

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