Wrap Up 3.0: Could Be Worse
The third of three books summing up my masters research.
Throughout the project I had many conversations with people about how “scary” or potentially invasive a tool tracking emotions could be. Now, rarely has man ever stopped designing or developing in light of prospective danger. We build spaceships, algorithms and robots without fully reflecting on future consequences of our inventions. Discovery drives us, propelling us into uncertainty. Could Be Worse, the speculative book produced as an addition to this thesis, was my attempt to step back and criticize the ideas presented here. These short stories represent a thought experiment, in which I wanted to acknowledge and humorize the very possible realities of wide (or forced) use of such emotion recording tools. I wrote the golden rules in the manifesto while writing Could Be Worse. What I know for sure is: Yes, creating hackable databases of computer-readable emotion data could fall into the “wrong hands.” I choose to believe the benefits of such a tool would far outweigh possible threats.
The book is made up of four short stories, each of which is based upon a "Golden Rule" written as a part of the manifesto for designing for emotion. The manifesto is included in the conclusion section of my thesis.