Ask yourself honestly, “What did you have for dinner last Saturday or what did you wear on Sunday?” Though these are common questions we find it hard to answer. Then what about, “How did you feel last Saturday? Were you happy, angry or sad during that day? What caused those feelings?” These questions are even harder to answer and maybe ask yourself what they have to do with our present self?
The questions posed above has some direct link to our emotions. There is no doubt that emotions are responsible for the majority of conscious or unconscious decisions we make. User studies, based on questionnaires and MRI scans have revealed that past emotions have an important role in our present decisions. If this is true, wouldn’t it be nice to be informed about our emotional history before we make important decisions in our life? Wouldn’t it be awesome if we can go back and reflect on past decisions and emotions so that we avoid making recurring mistakes? But is it possible to have a system that can track emotional history? At what cost? What assumptions?
Data privacy and impeachment are the biggest cost associated with these types of system. Do you feel surprised when you get ads of related product you were just discussing with your friend on the phone? I do too. There is massive research being done on the efficiency of targeted ads. Big companies (Google, Facebook, Microsoft) collect data from their users and use sophisticated AI tools to specifically target ads to potential candidates. It works so well, that the free services we use from google and facebook create billion-dollar revenue for them at the expense of our valuable time and money. These complex AI algorithms are solely being used to exploit the users: they know your preference more than you know yourself.
In response to answer all the questions we posed earlier, we have developed AI to track the emotions of the users, as efficient as those used by previously mentioned companies. Users write a journal entry using our app and have options to upload pictures. The user’s data is encrypted on their device, and the server as well. The journal is processed and the user receives a list of emotions based on their entry. Users can view their emotional portfolio by selecting any time period. This emotion graph provides users with very deep insight into how their emotions have been fluctuating in recent times and what they need to do in order to improve themselves.