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Weixuan 'Vincent' Chen
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Statement of Policy for Research Experiments
For all participants that are involved in our research experiments and studies, we adopt the following policies:
Statement of Policy for System Development
Affective computing systems detect, process, recognize, and communicate information that a user may feel is private. We pledge to use any reasonable means at our disposal to ensure the privacy and empowerment of users of affective computing systems. This includes encryption, hardware/software firewalls, real-time algorithm development without storage of sensitive information, separation of identifying information from affective information, communication and sharing protocols that require informed consent, and privacy evaluations of affective systems.
Research on Ethical Issues related to Affective ComputingWhen humans observe and communicate emotions to one another, they are often bound by ethical and social constraints. The extension of affective capabilities to computers raises important moral and ethical questions. Consequently, we are actively working to anticipate harmful or malicious ramifications of our work, (as well as the potential benefits) and develop means of maximizing the potential for beneficial outcomes, while minimizing that for potential harm. Near-term concerns for systems and research involving affective computing include issues of privacy, autonomy, calmness, and informed consent. In the longer term, there are deep questions about the virtue of providing emotional capabilities for artificial intelligence. We take a perspective that seeks a mutualistic relationship between human and artificial intelligence (AI), but one where AI remains subordinate to and in service of human values.