Everybody has a story. More often than not, it’s a heart wrenching story of a childhood spent with some form of deprivation. Be it love, money or a social life, it ultimately defines who we become and how we interact with one another.
Memories become the fodder of that story. Weaving in and out, to what we know are our conscious motives up to and including what we discover to be unconscious desires. And at times these are reinforced with a deep-rooted hatred that just like love, can motivate us to great heights, or lower us to the realms of depression.
And I was just thinking… is there an app for that? If not, well there ought to be like a mood ring, Fitbits and Wearable technology should be able to sense how we feel, before we feel it.
Wearables, should aggregate emotions like anger and sullenness. The feelings of hurt and sadness, that we don’t generally wear on our sleeves and are mostly kept hidden. Because American culture has long held a belief that feelings are a sign of weakness, but it’s also data. Data which like blood pressure, diabetes and calorie counts can be tracked; could indicate when a person is in need of a “hug”.
Data processed in a real-time algorithm, might have real-time results. And this might prevent someone from acting out, in some destructive behavior that threatens peace.
We need to read Tell-tale signs and act on, not react to a person who is preparing to do harm to us, or to themselves. In a virtual world, we can’t overlook emotional instability, as we progressively overlook our individuality. Besides how easy is it to smile? That simple kindness might be enough, a hug to save humanity.
These aren’t store brought, and can’t be pawned off to machines.
People need people. We need the warmth and gushiness of loving feelings; feelings of belonging. We’d be wise to realize artificial intelligence can’t duplicate it, this is our human essence. So, while programmed behaviors may mimic our blinking eyes, they can’t tear up and live-stream our emotions.
And Machine-to-Machine (M2M) sensors labeled with Emojicons can’t access our memories, or their power.
It’s what makes being human… human. So how do you share the feeling we get from a childhood memory? of a special drawing, a self-portrait of a stick figure with a big circle for a head? Painstakingly drawn under a thin line of Periwinkle blue that we insisted was the sky? You don’t and we can’t.
This choreographed interplay of our senses– seeing, touching and smelling, gathered information of a moment, defines who we are, by who we become. A memory conjured up in a flash, of a scene drawn from decades earlier… kindergarten class, with kids hunched over blank pieces of paper, select colors from a Crayola crayon box and create masterpeices.
Storytelling is like that, with layers. And from them, we gather the information– the scent of frying bacon as it sizzles, the sight of it as it shrinks and the heat of the frying pan. The recollection of a Sunday morning, when we smelled, heard and hugged our Mum, as we presented her with a Mother’s Day card, that she fawned over. Hugs.
We’re like subjects in a Pavlov experiment, we act in response to memories, feelings and hoped for love. And there’s a long sought after happy-happy-joy-joy feeling one gets from the triple A of society: Approval, Acceptance and Appreciation.
Yes, drawing with more details and guided by our imagination can create a memory through the power of a crayon.
Technology can’t duplicate that, or the moments we feel. technology doesn’t care, unless we add an Emojicon. But science has proven that humans need to be touched and we need hugs.
I suspect we’re going to have to incorporate “People to People” (P2P) teachings in our virtual world. Our stories will make a difference… they must, because shared memories improve and protect life.