The theme of TED2018 was “The Age of Amazement”. It took place in Vancouver over 2 days in April and brought together 132 speakers from 57 countries. Poppy Crum was one of them. The CIO Peer Forum is thrilled that she will be joining us in April in Toronto as a keynote speaker.

The TED Talk she gave that day, “Technology Knows What You’re Feeling,” was featured by TED and has been viewed more than a million times.


What happens when technology knows more about us than we do?

Poppy Crum studies how we express emotions — and she suggests the end of the poker face is near, as new tech makes it easy to see the signals that give away how we’re feeling. In a talk and demo, she shows how “empathetic technology” can read physical signals like body temperature and the chemical composition of our breath to inform on our emotional state. For better or for worse. “If we recognize the power of becoming technological empaths, we get this opportunity where technology can help us bridge the emotional and cognitive divide,” Crum says.