Jonathan Gratch: Machines, Emotions, and Human Uniqueness

Dr. Jonathan Gratch is Research Professor of Computer Science and Psychology at at the University of Southern California.

His research is in the field of Affective Computing, the study of systems that model, interpret, and impact human emotion. Dr. Gratch tests theories of human emotion by instantiating them in machines, as well as studying human reactions to these machines.

“Going back to Darwin, science has led us to reconceptualize our relationship to nature. I think one potential implication of emotional machines is that [they] will influence the extent to which we see emotion as something uniquely human.”

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