348. Making Technology That Understands Your Emotions with Rana el Kaliouby

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Rana el Kaliouby is a passionate advocate for humanizing technology such as AI. Instead of robots being these cold, calculating machines, she’s teaching them to use emotional intelligence. She’s been recognized on Fortune’s 40 Under 40, as one of Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a newly-minted Young Presidents Organization member. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and did her postdoctoral research at MIT. What else is there to say? She’s a shockingly bright and talented individual who will play a significant role in shaping the future of technology in our world.

In This Conversation We Cover:

  • [04:10] Growing up in Egypt
  • [07:54] Going back and forth between Boston and Cairo
  • [12:42] Writing a thesis on human emotions and computers
  • [14:37] What is Artificial Intelligence?
  • [16:33] How technology can become clued into our emotions
  • [22:40] What microexpressions are and how to read them
  • [30:33] The future of this kind of technology
  • [36:03] The emotional rollercoaster of entrepreneurship
  • [38:47] Why she wrote “Girl Decoded”


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