Tech’s dangerous race to control our emotions

they make us feel anxiousIn a time when are suffering from stress, depression, and anxiety, the emergence of technology that can deal with negative emotions is arguably a positive development. However, as more and more companies aim to use AI-based technology to make us feel better, society is confronted with an extremely delicate ethical problem: Should we launch a concerted effort to resolve the underlying causes of stress, depression, and other negative states, or should we simply turn to emotional technology in order to palliate the increasingly precarious human condition? In October, it was revealed that Amazon had a version of its Alexa personal assistant that could detect the emotional states of its users and then suggest activities appropriate to …