Everything we know and understand is connected to our senses. Our perception and the things we know can be looked at as data that we collected resulting from our interactions with the world around us. We know that stoves are hot because we touched one as a kid. Or maybe you know its hot because you remember your mothers voice telling you that it was. Perhaps you realized it was hot because your previous relation of the color red to things that are hot. The things that we have learned through the use of our senses form a collection of memories that we subconsciously go to when we make decisions
As we live we interact with our environments as well as other living creatures. Another response to these interactions are our emotions. Emotions are much more complex than the raw information that you may get from just using your senses. For example, if you touch a stove you will feel the heat and that information will be stored in your brain, however there is a complimentary reaction that takes place, a emotion. As well as now knowing that the stove is hot your brain may also respond to this experience by getting sad or upset. So now instead of simply knowing the fact that “stoves are hot” you have a memory that probably sounds more like “‘stoves are hot’, this I know based off of this sad memory of when I burned myself”. We separate our experiences and interactions based on the emotions that they produced within us.
I believe that computers have already started to reach our bodies in different ways. Virtual reality and Augmented reality use our senses of sight and hearing to produce an experience that is more immersive than others. There are computers with touch accommodations for those who may be visually impaired or blind. There are countless other ways in which computers use our senses to make for a better experience however emotions are a much more complicated equations. While humans may be able to attempt to program computers that play on common human emotional responses there will always be outliers do to the fact that we all have different factors that influence our moods. So the question becomes how do we make computers that not only understand human emotions but also use them to make an individualized and unique experience? However in my opinion trying to create a system that truly understands emotion is a mistake, I feel that to be able to understand and relate to emotions is something that is unique to us as humans and I feel like before we put our efforts towards giving that part of us to computers we need to focus on improving human to human interactions first.