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How Emotional Technology Can Enhance Your Life in the Future

How Emotional #Technology Can Enhance Your Life in the #Future

Our pace of technological advancement is changing our lives exponentially. It's exciting to think about what is around the corner. We are set to travel vast distances in minutes. Space tourism is becoming a thing. Some scientists believe we may live past 1000 years old. Artificial intelligence is rapidly improving to spot patterns in overwhelming amounts of data. Yet, how technology can enhance our interior and empathic lives is often overlooked. According to Alain de Botton, future emotional technologies will profoundly enhance our lives. 

In this School of Life video, Alain explains three particular technologies he believes will be among the most impactful:

I: The Mood Reader
"One of the major sources of conflict and grief between people, especially in relationships, stems from how bad we are at explaining the contents of our minds to other people... When we are on the receiving end of inaccurately communicated feelings, we tend to make bad guesses about what might be going on in the other person. We get overly alarmed. We come up with jumpy, ungenerous stories... The Mood Reader will be able to give people close to us (whom we elect) beautifully expressed executive summaries of what we’re really feeling at a given point; laid out in ways that are accurate generous and imaginative - like something a great novelist would come up with. Currently, too often, a person in a couple will say in despair, after a long sulk or argument, 'how did you expect me to be a mind reader?' Technology will spare us the cumulative years of sulks and arguments by allowing us to be, for a time, just that."

How Emotional #Technology Can Enhance Your #Life in the #Future

II: The Spouse Finder
"The Spouse Finder of 2050 will be an expert finding you a match. Partly because everyone on the planet will be registered with it, but just as importantly, because it will have such an acute understanding of our deepest needs and emotional vulnerabilities... The spouse finder will have a picture of our long-term development in its memory... The spouse finder will know us and others so well it'll have the authority to convince us when we do hit tricky patches with a partner it's found us, but for all its faults our relationship really is the best available for us. It'll give us the confidence to believe that the trickiness of our couple emerges not so much from the other person as from the inherent difficulty of being with anyone."

How Emotional #Technology Can Enhance Your #Life in the #Future

III: Socrates
"Named after the world's greatest early philosopher, Socrates, who famously said that the first philosophical priority is to know yourself. Socrates will be a piece of wearable emotional technology that will make up for our failures of self-knowledge in real time. We imagine it as a kind of wearable life coach, with the total understanding of our mental health, who we are, and what we need to thrive emotionally. At key moments, Socrates will be on hand to temper our excesses and correct our emotional blind spots. It will know when we're getting to an angry outburst and counselors wisely before it's too late. It will sense mounting panic and be on hand immediately with the most soothing insights humanity has ever had. It will ween us away from unhelpful desires and compulsions towards more fruitful and enriching pursuits. It will know when we need an extra challenge. It will ensure that we can at all times be the best version of ourselves."

How Emotional #Technology Can Enhance Your #Life in the #Future

Alain concludes: 
"The promise of technology has always been that it will make life more convenient and less painful, but to date we haven't managed to focus on technological efforts on the biggest sources of discontent, which aren’t to do with the size of our phones or the speed of our planes, but with our emotional lives and the turmoil caused in them by our self-ignorance, cognitive frailty and in our blindness. That is the astonishing promise of the upcoming age of emotional technology."

The above post was lovingly crafted by Josiah Hultgren. Josiah Hultgren is Founder/CEO of MindFullyAlive, a Senior Lecturer at California Lutheran University, a NeuroCoach, and a practical neuroscience expert. He produces and curates mindfulness content designed to improve structure and functioning of the brain. His mission is to help create a more vibrant world and apply neuroscience in ways that help people reach their highest potential.

The Flow Genome Project is Raising Capital to Create a 'Flow State' Research/Training Center

Flow Dojo: World's First Research and Training Center for Flow States

Steven Kotler (author of The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance) and Jamie Wheal have positioned themselves at a nexus of research on 'flow states' of mind –- “the state where we feel and perform our best.”

Together, Kotler and Wheal are the co-founders of The Flow Genome Project, a trans-disciplinary organization working to decode the mechanics of flow states.

'Flow state' is a term coined by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, to describe when a person is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. Flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.

Neurochemically- that starts with norepinephrine, which makes us alert. Then, dopamine is released to enhance pattern recognition. Endorphins are released to help us feel no pain. A jolt of anandamide prompts lateral thinking.

It is believed that most major breakthroughs are a result of flow states - whether in art, science, or athletics. But the Flow Genome Project primarily studies flow in the context of adventure sports because, according to Kotler, “there's been a nearly exponential growth in human performance” in that field.

This year, they are moving forward to conduct a capital round on AngelList to raise funds for creating "Flow Dojo's" – dedicated flow training and research facilities.

The facilities will combine advanced kinetic equipment with biofeedback... the training centers aim to revolutionize how we can harness peak performance“ according to Wheal.

"There's a litany of stories... whether it's the Curies and their 'eureka' breakthroughs, whether it's Einstien as he comes with general and special relativity, Archimedes and his 'eureka' moments, or Mozart and his downloads of entire orchestral compositions, or Michael Jordon, doing the impossible in game six of the finals... and that really is the game we are interested in playing... how do we unlock that possibility? ... to actually be our own birthright  and to not simply say, voyeuristicly 'wow - that's awesome, but I could never...' and actually say 'that's incredible, and I can too.'" - Jamie Wheel

Easily Create an Interactive Map of Your Belief System

Interactive Belief Mapper

"Know thyself" - Socrates

Ever wonder what the "molecular" structure of your belief system would look like? This website may help. Belief Mapper is an interactive tool that allows you to quickly generate an interactive map of your beliefs. 

It works like this: You find out what your beliefs are by answering brief questions. The website tracks your beliefs, and draws a clickable map that shows trends about how people share related beliefs. 

In the map...

Nodes represent beliefs.

The size of nodes represent the number of people who share that belief. The more people who hold the belief, the larger the node. Click the node to highlight its connections.

Connectors represent a link between two beliefs. The more people hold both beliefs, the thicker the connector line.

Colors of nodes identify which beliefs you have voted on. The more intense the color, the stronger your conviction in that belief.

The website also offers statistics about the people who hold particular beliefs including age, gender, education level and religion.

Check it out