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All Tech Is Human: Increasing Emotional Intelligence in Technology & Ourselves

How can we humanize our interactions with technology, and what impact will that have in how we relate to one another?

Join us online for a conversation with two experts working to increase the Emotional Intelligence (EI) in technology, Rana el Kaliouby (CEO & Co-Founder of Affectiva, author of Girl Decoded) and Pamela Pavliscak (Tech Emotionographer, author of Emotionally Intelligent Design).

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All Tech Is Human is an accelerator for tech consideration & hub for the Responsible Tech movement. By promoting knowledge-sharing & collaboration among a broad range of stakeholders, we aim to lessen the gap between how quickly we develop and deploy emerging technology and how slowly we consider its use, misuse, and unintended consequences. By leveraging the collective intelligence of the community, we can build a more thoughtful tech future.


Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D., is a pioneer in artificial emotional intelligence (Emotion AI), as well as the co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, the acclaimed AI startup spun off from the MIT Media Lab. She grew up in Cairo, Egypt. After earning an undergraduate and masters degree in computer science at the American University in Cairo, she attended Cambridge University where she earned her Ph.D. Afterwards, she joined the MIT Media Lab as a research scientist, where she spearheaded the application of emotion recognition technology in a variety of fields, including mental health and autism.

Her company Affectiva now works with more than a quarter of the companies in the Fortune Global 500. An acclaimed TED talk and Aspen Ideas speaker, Rana has been profiled in The New Yorker, interviewed by Tim Ferriss, named by Forbes to their list of America's Top 50 Women in Tech, and selected by Fortune for their list of 40 under 40. In 2018 she was the cohost of a PBS Nova series, and in 2019 she appeared in a YouTube Originals Series, “The Age of AI,” hosted by Robert Downey Jr. She lives just outside of Boston with her two kids.

GIRL DECODED is el Kaliouby’s honest account of her struggle to reconcile the ambitious tech entrepreneur she became with the conventional wife and mother she was expected to become. Her story is one of perseverance and self-discovery, and one that will resonate with anyone who’s had to overcome self-doubt and find their voice.

From making the difficult decision to leave her family behind in Cairo while she pursued her Ph.D and postdoc abroad, to raising two children as a single mom in the U.S. while running a venture-backed AI startup, el Kaliouby’s engaging narrative is full of complex tension between her dreams and her upbringing. But ultimately her search to understand the science of human emotion would lead not only to professional impact but personal revelation. By forcing a spotlight on her own emotional life, el Kaliouby learned to express and act on her own emotions, separate others’ expectations of her from her own, and to adhere to the values of her religion while fully embracing her calling. What at first seemed in conflict, became integral parts of a confident sense of self.

GIRL DECODED is at once a captivating account of a woman’s journey to discover and pursue her purpose and a fascinating glimpse into the future of how we will connect with technology and each other.


Pamela believes in a future with feeling. An expert on our emotional relationship with tech, she has a background spanning design, technology, psychology, literature, and cultural studies. Her work brings together empathy research, affective computing, and expressive interfaces to make technology more human.Pamela is faculty at Pratt Institute in NYC where she teaches the next generation of designers about the emotional side of technology. Whether documenting new internet emotions or asking people to confront their digital alter egos or encouraging people to prototype social bots, Pamela’s work is aimed at understanding how technology can help us be human.Pamela advises designers, developers, and decision-makers on how to create technologies with greater emotional intelligence. She’s leading the development of a next-generation research platform, SoundingBox, to better understand human experience with technology.

Her book on Emotionally Intelligent Design maps out how we can create a more empathetic future by blending machine and human emotional intelligence. Next, she’s working on a field guide to internet emotion.
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