The idea of gadgets becoming “emotionally intelligent” is both very cool and very spooky. Take, for example, Moodbox, a wireless speaker that somehow monitors your mood and then using AI software to select music appropriate to how you’re feeling.
How? Moodbox has a built-in microphone. It asks you questions and you answer them. Moodbox can then infer from your speech–energy, speed, pitch, inflection–how you’re feeling. If you do this day after day, Moodbox will figure out what kind of person you are and get progressively better at choosing exactly the right music at the right time. And if need be, Moodbox can eventually suggest songs that might make you feel better.