Have you ever considered why it is people have emotions? What are emotions really comprised of? What triggers them, what determines their intensity? What causes the same stimuli to be interpreted in two different ways, by two different observers?
I’ve put some thought into this during a discussion about the creation of an emotions chip and how one would go about programming emotional responses into a computer or robot.
Consider this hypothetical humanoid example:
John and Matt are friends – they’ve been friends since they were little kids. They like to rough-house, have insult contests to see who can come up with the most insulting quip, and have generally different preferences in women.
While running down the city sidewalk, John takes a physical jab at Matt, Matt reacts with a friendly reciprocal jab. During the horseplay, a bystander gets run into, and also jabbed. The bystander yells out some profanity and insults, and fumes about it the rest of the day.
I have this idea, ok? What I noticed while migrating some of the users from the Admissions Department at the University for which I work, was that it was tough to explain to them sufficiently that:
- Their passwords are going to have to change at some point, due to security policy.
- When they change it on their desktop, it’s not automatically done on their laptop.
- After changing the desktop password, they need to connect the laptop to the network and then login with that new password for it to be cached.
Now, it’s easy to write out, and easy for a tech to understand the scenario – but it’s not that easy for a 45yr old Hispanic guy who hates his laptop anyway to grasp. But what if they didn’t have to grasp anything? What if no matter where you were, the login process and the features available were as seamless in Wisconsin as if you were sitting at your desk in Texas?
What I’m proposing is this:
It’s been 4 months since I last posted in here, and there’s good cause for that – I haven’t cared to touch a computer in a technical capacity since shortly after I started this job doing IT support at a university. I’m on my computer all day at work, fixing them around campus, and the last thing I want to do when I get home is tear apart my computer and rebuild it.