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[ecrea] new book: Emotional AI: The Rise of Empathic Media

Fri Jul 13 10:43:32 GMT 2018

New book /Emotional AI: The Rise of Empathic Media/, now out in paper and hardback with Sage.

Inspection copies here <> and sample chapter here <>.

Nice things people said:

Empathic media and technologies will shape future societies. This is a great book to jump-start your knowledge so you can have an educated opinion on how that future will look.

*Gawain Morrison*



This thought-provoking, lucid, empirically rich book shows how technologies become sensitive to human emotions – and why we should care. Compulsory reading for students, researchers, technology developers and policy makers with feelings.

*Bert-Jaap Koops*

*Tilburg University*


The entangling of digital media with human affect is one of the most transformative technological developments of our age. This book confirms Andrew McStay as one of the most insightful and empirically engaged scholars exploring this phenomenon.

*Will Davies*

*Goldsmiths, University of London*


Chapter 1   Introducing Empathic Media

Chapter 2   Situating Empathy

Chapter 3   Group Sentimentality

Chapter 4   Spectrum of Emotions: Gaming the Body

Chapter 5   Leaky Emotions: The Case of Facial Coding

Chapter 6   Priming Voice-Based AI: I Hear You

Chapter 7   Affective Witnessing: VR 2.0

Chapter 8   Advertising, Retail and Creativity: Capturing theFlâneur

Chapter 9   Personal Technologies That Feel: Towards a Novel Form of Intimacy

Chapter 10   Empathic Cities

Chapter 11   Politics of Feeling Machines: Debating De-Identification and Dignity

Chapter 12   Conclusion: Dignity, Ethics, Norms, Policies and Practices

And, if you’ve got this far, you’re probably interested in the topic, so here’s the project website ( <>) that has lots of free content <> and a recommended reading list <>.

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