In our daily computer-driven life, there is increasingly less time and fewer opportunities to show our human feelings and also apply them sensibly.
We, from IDEAL-English Language and Culture in Brighton/UK-successfully have been working for more than a decade now on being able to offer our IDEAL-customers from all over the world an ambiance where their emotions, too can “breathe” freely. On account of this, a more effective learning, combined with a “feel-good-factor”, will be facilitated as well. Our IDEAL-team-work focuses on achieving the set learning modules AND also on making allowance for “emotional factors and needs” at the same time without which our brain could not work so well either.
During one of my IDEAL-workshops in Germany, one of my IDEAL-clients, who was working in the computer industry, told me with glistening eyes that computers will be produced before long which “learn” how to show emotions as well. Could it ever happen that some people would rather pour out their hearts to a machine? Can an empathic technology exist at all? Are we even steering towards being able to “measure” our feelings?
My IDEAL-client informed me that it might be completely normal in a few years to track one’s daily “mood meter” – like reading the weather on the mobile phone or the computer. The software might also be able to tell us what creates joy in ourselves, what excites us or causes stress inside us, how often we have laughed over the past 24 hours, if we are in love or annoyed, etc. A support-hotline will be at hand. Computers are getting increasingly more empathic. The artful skill of understanding feelings won’t be solely restricted to human beings any more in the very near future.
In my opinion, feelings are a natural part of human inter-communication. Generally, we meet a smile with a smile spontaneously because we can also feel the other person’s joy. Equally, we know what it feels like to be sad or to be in love. This feeling of empathy connects us with our fellow human beings. A machine can only simulate all this. It “does” as if it was joyful or sad, but it is neither aware of the worries about its own life nor it is conscious of the uniqueness of its own existence. All this is – at least up to now – only applicable to us human beings. Exactly that makes the emotional exchange between us and other beings, also capable of creating and showing feelings, so unique. Can machines really and possibly join in there?
Therefore, please don’t worry that you will ever be greeted and asked how you “feel” by a computer when you attend one of our IDEAL-courses in Brighton/UK. You will always only face human beings at IDEAL who will listen to you, answer your questions and also understand you as a human being with feelings and emotions. We look forward to receiving your view on implementing computers in the near future that have “emotions and feelings”.