The science fiction prototype (Johnson, Science fiction prototyping: designing the future with science fiction. Morgan and Claypool, San Rafael, 2011) entitled “Outliers” depicts a future society in which artificial intelligence has reached technical singularity, but do not have a means of fabricating emotional intelligence. In this futuristic reality, the human protagonist, Judy, must submit a defined and requested emotion through emotional memory technology to the Emotion Bank. The Bank aims to provide a race of robotics and holograms known as Hypers with research evidence to accurately recreate human expression and reactions in authentic environments. The holograms represent the theme of holonovels as they interact with the protagonist. The protagonist shows the disparity between the development of artificial superintelligence and fabricating emotional responses. Through this science fiction prototype the lengths at which artificial intelligence can successfully mimic natural human life and the possible limits to those strengths are explored.


Emotional intelligence Futurecasting Innovation Dystopia Utopia Survival Artificial intelligence (AI) Artificial superintelligence (ASI) Emotion-seeking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer O’Connor
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  1. 1.National University of Ireland GalwayGalwayIreland

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