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Girl Decoded:
A Scientist's Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology

Please Note: This event has been canceled
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Date

Apr
23
Thursday
April 23, 2020
6:00 PM

Location

Harvard Science Center
1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

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This event is free; no tickets are required.

Update

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope to reschedule. 


Harvard Book Store, the Harvard University Division of Science, and the Cabot Science Library welcome Emotion AI pioneer RANA EL KALIOUBY—co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, an emotion measurement technology company—for a discussion of her memoir, Girl Decoded: A Scientist's Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology. This event is part of the 14th annual Cambridge Science Festival. For more information, visit: www.cambridgesciencefestival.org.

About Girl Decoded

Rana el Kaliouby is a rarity in both the tech world and her native Middle East: a Muslim woman in charge in a field that is still overwhelmingly white and male. Growing up in Egypt and Kuwait, el Kaliouby was raised by a strict father who valued tradition—yet also had high expectations for his daughters—and a mother who was one of the first female computer programmers in the Middle East. Even before el Kaliouby broke ground as a scientist, she broke the rules of what it meant to be an obedient daughter and, later, an obedient wife to pursue her own daring dream.

After earning her PhD at Cambridge, el Kaliouby, now the divorced mother of two, moved to America to pursue her mission to humanize technology before it dehumanizes us. The majority of our communication is conveyed through nonverbal cues: facial expressions, tone of voice, body language. But that communication is lost when we interact with others through our smartphones and devices. The result is an emotion-blind digital universe that impairs the very intelligence and capabilities—including empathy—that distinguish human beings from our machines.

To combat our fundamental loss of emotional intelligence online, she cofounded Affectiva, the pioneer in the new field of Emotion AI, allowing our technology to understand humans the way we understand one another. Girl Decoded chronicles el Kaliouby’s journey from being a “nice Egyptian girl” to becoming a woman, carving her own path as she revolutionizes technology. But decoding herself—learning to express and act on her own emotions—would prove to be the biggest challenge of all.

Praise for Girl Decoded

“Rana el Kaliouby’s journey to overcome self-doubt and embrace her ambition will resonate with women everywhere. Girl Decoded is the kind of honest and inspiring story that will encourage other women to share their experiences and own their power.” —Tory Burch, founder and executive chairman of Tory Burch LLC

“I really enjoyed this honest story of how science actually works. The road to brilliant innovation is full of setbacks, but often the small travails are what stop us. El Kaliouby’s dream was to enable computers to engage human emotions, but she needed to engage her own emotions to invent machines with emotions. Her remarkable life story is a captivating way to understand this new technological frontier: machines with emotional intelligence.” —Kevin Kelly, futurist, founding editor of Wired, and author of The Inevitable

“Brilliant and inspiring—words that describe both Rana el Kaliouby and her extraordinary new book, which tells the story of her life and of the crucial role she played in the invention of artificial emotional intelligence . . . a poignant and deeply personal tale about love, loss, and coming of age on a new scientific frontier.” —Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard University and author of Stumbling on Happiness

Rana el Kaliouby
Rana el Kaliouby

Rana el Kaliouby

A pioneer in Emotion AI, Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva. A passionate advocate for humanizing technology, ethics in AI and diversity, Rana has been recognized on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list and as one of Forbes' Top 50 Women in Tech. Rana is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a newly minted Young Presidents' Organization member, and co-hosted a PBS NOVA series on AI. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and a Post Doctorate from MIT.

 
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