But there’s a problem. While the technology is cutting-edge, it’s using an outdated scientific concept stating that all humans, everywhere, experience six basic emotions, and that we each express those emotions in the same way. By building a world filled with gadgets and surveillance systems that take this model as gospel, this obsolete view of emotion could end up becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy, as a vast range of human expressions around the world is forced into a narrow set of definable, machine-readable boxes.
Silicon Valley thinks everyone feels the same six emotions by Dr. Rich Firth-Godbehere, Quartz, 17 September 2018. Dr. Firth-Godbehere says that those emotions are happiness, anger, sadness, disgust, surprise, and fear.