“Embrace your emotions.”
– Rana el Kaliouby
A pioneer in Emotion AI, Rana el Kaliouby, PhD (@Kaliouby), is co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, and author of the new book Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology.
A passionate advocate for humanizing technology, ethics in AI, and diversity, Rana has been recognized on Fortune magazine’s 40 Under 40 list and as one of Forbes magazine’s Top 50 Women in Tech. Rana is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a newly minted Young Presidents’ Organization member. She co-hosted the PBS series NOVA Wonders, and appears in the YouTube Originals Series The Age of A.I. hosted by Robert Downey, Jr.
Rana holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and did her postdoctoral research at MIT.
This episode is brought to you by LinkedIn Jobs. Whether you are looking to hire now for a critical role or thinking about needs that you may have in the future, LinkedIn Jobs can help. LinkedIn is an active community with more than 675 million members worldwide. LinkedIn screens candidates for the hard and soft skills you’re looking for and puts your job in front of candidates looking for job opportunities that match what you have to offer.
With LinkedIn, you can hire the right person quickly when you need them. And if you need to hire for healthcare or essential services, you can post your jobs for free. When it’s time to find and hire that right person, LinkedIn is here to help. Just visit LinkedIn.com/Tim to get started! Terms and conditions apply.
This episode is also brought to you by “5-Bullet Friday,” my very own email newsletter, which every Friday features five bullet points of cool things I’ve found that week, including apps, books, documentaries, gadgets, albums, articles, TV shows, new hacks or tricks, and—of course—all sorts of weird stuff I’ve dug up from around the world.
It’s free, it’s always going to be free, and you can subscribe now at tim.blog/friday.
What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.
SCROLL BELOW FOR LINKS AND SHOW NOTES…
Want to hear an episode with another inspiring entrepreneur striving to make the world a better place? Listen to my conversation with Patrick Collison in which we discuss the joys of reading, how to improve one’s decision-making process, and much more.
SELECTED LINKS FROM THE EPISODE
Connect with Rana el Kaliouby:
- Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology by Rana el Kaliouby and Carol Colman
- The World Economic Forum
- NOVA Wonders
- The Age of AI
- Affective Computing by Rosalind W. Picard
- American University in Cairo
- University of Cambridge
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- 87% of Egyptian Men Believe Women’s Basic Role Is to Be Housewives: Study, Egypt Independent
- Four Women On What Their Hijab Means to Them, Allure
- Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, BBC News
- Emotion AI Overview, Affectiva
- What is Emotional Intelligence (EQ)?, Psych Central
- Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms and Causes, The Mayo Clinic
- Google Glass
- Brain Power
- frog Design
- ‘Perfect Storm’: Parkinson’s Disease May Worsen Depression, NBC News
- Tesla Promises ‘One Million Robo-Taxis’ in 2020, Engadget
- The Definitive Guide to Reading Facial Microexpressions, Science of People
- Would You Pull the Trolley Switch? Does it Matter?, The Atlantic
- Sand Hill Road is Now the Wall Street of the West Coast, Redwhale
- Iron Bank of Braavos, Game of Thrones Wiki
- Wallenberg Family of Sweden
- Kleiner Perkins
- Spotify Turns Our Emotions into Data, and Then Profits Off of Them, The Hustle
- Horizons Ventures
- Predicting Divorce From The First 3 Minutes of Conflict Discussion, The Gottman Institute
- Day One
- The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
- The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), CDC
- Little, Big by John Crowley
- His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- What Is Imposter Syndrome and How Can You Combat It? by Elizabeth Cox, TED-Ed
- Qalyubia Governorate, Wikipedia
Note from the editor: Timestamps will be added shortly.
- How did the book Affective Computing by Rosalind Picard — and meeting the author — change Rana’s life?
- How did Rana manage to live in Cairo with a husband and two kids and commute to her job in Boston?
- Rana gives us a glimpse of her family life growing up in Egypt.
- What prompted Rana’s decision to wear a hijab in her 20s, and why did she eventually stop?
- How does Rana define artificial intelligence, and why is she an advocate for bringing EQ into the equation?
- What led Rana to work with artificial intelligence on a more human level, and how can it be used to help people who are on the autism spectrum?
- In what ways does Rana foresee this technology helping in the mental health field — particularly for people suffering from depression?
- What other applications is Rana excited to explore with facial mapping technology?
- How does Rana feel about the potential for this technology to be used as a lie-detector test?
- What has Rana learned about her own emotions in the process of trying to teach computers how to understand emotions?
- What common misconceptions do people have about emotion, and how has talking about it evolved over the past few decades?
- What it was like for Rana and Roz to pitch to potential investors for Affectiva in the male-dominated world of Silicon Valley — with Rana’s six-month-old in tow.
- Where did funding eventually come from, and how enthusiastic were the investors who said yes?
- How might this technology be used for dating?
- Rana shares her journaling tools and habits.
- Books Rana gifts most and recommends (and one I’m enjoying at the moment).
- What compelled Rana to write Girl Decoded, and what did she learn in the course of writing it?
- What about Rana’s relationship with her father has gone unsaid that she’d like to convey to him?
- What would it take for Rana to consider Girl Decoded a success?
- Why diversity in data collection and ethics in tech are crucial.
- What would Rana’s billboard say?
- Parting thoughts.
- Robert Downey Jr.
- Rosalind W. Picard
- Adam and Jana
- Frank Moss
- Peter Wallenberg
- Mary Meeker
- Solina Chau
- Li Ka-shing
- John Gottman
- Ryan Holiday
- Jhumpa Lahiri
- Ben Franklin
- John Crowley
- Aleister Crowley
- Harold Bloom
- Ursula K. Le Guin
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Roger Scholl
- Michelle Obama
- Gabi Zijderveld