Now let’s cheer up a bit. Think of a happy moment, something that made you beam with delight. How did your body feel then? Bright, radiating? An easier emotion to remember is love. Think how your head and body heat up thinking of your partner, or a past partner.
This is a photo from an article I read on Awareness . I found it fascinating for a number of reasons. Firstly, how can you look at these pictures, and not be fascinated? But it’s the implications that have my mind reeling.
Who here has read 1984 by George Orwell? Can you imagine if Mr Orwell had given his thought police a machine that could read these changes, and a person’s own body could betray them? There’s nothing you can do to mask your emotions. Even with an emotionless face, a feat anyone can do with practice, your body would betray you into a death sentence.
I bet before long there will be an app for Google Glass or a future equivalent that will read a bodies emotions. You would have a huge advantage in not only social settings, but in the work place if you could read a person’s true emotional state. Picture the boardroom, you’re doing a presentation, and you can tell when the big boss is getting excited by whatever product or idea you are pushing.
And using this emotional reading method in a speed dating scenario would be fantastic. You’d be able to tell very quickly who is interested and who has no interest in you.
One day, I am guessing there will be a way to read the emotions. They might call it an aura reader. When it comes into being, it could fundamentally change the way humans behave. Secrets will be hard to keep, it will be easier to be honest as you’ll be found out anyway. Some clever people will figure out how to control their body so it lies to reader. But for the majority of the population it might actually make communication easier, simpler. Maybe there will be a Fifth Element style policing, you get scanned and if you’re displaying the wrong emotional state you’re busted before you can cause trouble.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we humans invented something that made us aspire to be better people? Something that promoted honesty? Who wouldn’t want that?