This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, our host Gary Scott Thomas had a thought-provoking conversation with Chloe Duckworth, the co-founder and CEO of Valence Vibrations, an AI startup delivering emotional classifications in real-time conversation, aiming to augment emotional perception across different neurotypes, languages, communication styles, and cultures. They delve into how her company is revolutionizing the way we perceive and interact with emotions in digital spaces, especially for neurodivergent individuals. Join us for fascinating insights that spark ideas about where humanity and technology converge. Tune in now!

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In this Episode:

  • Learn how Chloe’s startup aims to make virtual environments more accessible by helping users better understand social cues via haptic feedback.
  • Hear about the creation of an Apple Watch app designed for autistic, ADHD, and neurodivergent individuals to assist in reading room vibes through vibrations.
  • Discover how emotion AI can minimize misunderstandings caused by cultural differences or atypical neurological wiring.
  • Discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on digital communication and the need for tools that bridge emotional perception gaps in virtual environments.
  • Find out about new tools that could transform our approach to video conferencing by adding layers of emotional context. 
  • Discussion around ethical considerations when implementing emotion detection technologies in sensitive areas like courtrooms.
  • Hear personal stories about self-discovery and improved communication skills as a result of engaging deeply with emotional data analytics.
  • Get excited about the potential future developments where emotional AI could serve as an ’emotional subtitle’ for internet communications globally, fostering greater empathy online.

Quotations:

“Every time there’s a mismatch of accents, cultural backgrounds, or in this case, neurotypes, it makes it a lot harder to perceive emotions.” ~ Chloe Duckworth

“The way that we all express emotions is different.” ~ Chloe Duckworth

“It’s helping people better gauge how each person is feeling within this group on a real-time level, but then also a larger conversational understanding of the highs and lows points of that conversation and how successful that conversation was.” ~ Chloe Duckworth

“The way that we think about the technology that we’re building is that it’s really powerful in improving human communication and connection across people. And that’s really what we care about as a company is like, how can we use this technology and the most pro-communication, pro-humanity use cases.” ~ Chloe Duckworth

“People get very good at hiding their emotions from themselves. So because it feels like if I don’t acknowledge that I’m feeling a certain way about a situation, then I don’t need to sort of deal with the repercussions of that emotion. And I think oftentimes we’re trying to find a level of equanimity that requires us to understand our reactions to things in order to get back to our baseline.” ~ Chloe Duckworth

“Our moonshot is building the emotional subtitle of the internet.” ~ Chloe Duckworth

“I think that what’s important in the next wave of AI technologies is to consider what is left that’s distinctly human and how can we highlight that in a digital environment.” ~ Chloe Duckworth

“I think that being able to empathize and connect across people is something that is distinctly human and will not be able to be automated away. The human will always be in that loop, in emotional connection. And so using AI to actually improve our ability to do that really well, while keeping humans in the loop is a pro-human application of the technology. And I think we see the technology serving as an emotional passport to help people gain access to the emotional patterns of types of people they’ve never encountered before or situations they’ve never encountered before • to be able to improve that connection.” ~ Chloe Duckworth

“I think people feel so entitled to have an opinion on other people’s lives because we now have such unprecedented access to the mundanity of other people’s lives and being able to criticize very specific types of interactions that we just didn’t know about before.” ~ Chloe Duckworth

“It’s like, how can I check in with myself? My emotional reactions to things? How can I understand other people’s emotional reactions to things? And in particular, their emotional reactions to me.” ~ Chloe Duckworth

Bio:

Chloe Duckworth is the co-founder and CEO of Valence Vibrations, an AI startup delivering emotional classifications in real-time conversation, aiming to augment emotional perception across different neurotypes, languages, communication styles, and cultures. Chloe is personally motivated by democratizing access to wellness in every facet of being well. In the wake of the pandemic, she co-founded Hope Hearted, a Bay Area-based nonprofit that has provided PPE to thousands of unhoused and low-income people.

Chloe has worked as a Program Manager and an Advanced Special Projects Team Intern at BrainMind and was involved in managing programs and special projects related to neuroscience. Additionally, Chloe has served as a Research Assistant at the University of Southern California, where they contributed to the development of a model of neuronal circuits and created a graphical flatmap heat map tool for visualizing brain data. Chloe has also completed a Cognitive Neuroscience Internship at Stanford University School of Medicine and worked as a Research Assistant at Stanford. Chloe Duckworth has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computational Neuroscience from the University of Southern California.

Guest Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chloe-duckworth/

Website: https://www.valencevibrations.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/valencevibrations/

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@valencevibrations

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