Why There Is No Research on Emotion Detection with Olfactory-System-Inspired Technique


I remember when I watched Mr. Sapolsky's lecture on the limbic system a month ago. It was so fascinating to know that the understanding of the limbic system was preceded by the understanding of olfactory bulb in rats. He then said that "....not an emotion on earth that's not intertwined with olfaction". Reading many papers and book in the area of affective computing made me overconfident that I might be the groundbreaker person that came out with the idea of automatic emotion detection that would take smell as a feature. This is because not a single research that I have read has taken into account the smells to predict emotions. Most of them talk about facial appearance changes that can imply emotions or about natural language, either they are written or spoken. However, lately, I realized that I might not the first one that invented this idea. I, in the other hand, started to think that maybe it is not that none has the same idea; maybe it is just because the tools the research will depend on has not been fully developed yet.

My First Theory on Feelings and Emotions LoL

Feelings are like climate or weather. Some feelings are like weathers: temporary, volatile, and contextual. I think we can call this kind of feelings as emotions. Meanwhile, some other feelings are like climate: more stable and happen almost everywhere the subjects are. I haven't had a name for this kind of feeling, but for one feeling in this category, maybe we can call it passion or desire. 

My Suggestion for The Climate Change: Consume Less and Die Happily


Climate change has been a big issue since when I was younger. However, the peak of the people's reaction to the issue has appeared this year since a couple of months ago. Greta Thunberg, a sixteen years old girl from Sweden, has marched to all over the world, even in the United Nations Head Quarter Office in New York, to make people aware and panic about climate change. Soon, her moving speech about how her generation will suffer because of this phenomenon if it is not stopped has inspired a massive number of people, old and young, to do the same activism that she does on streets. In Indonesia, the same energy has also arisen. University students from many cities made some protests to their government related to climate change at the same time protesting about the new drafts for some important legislation changes, implying that they are the same urgent agendas to be solved. This happened particularly after the big fire that destroyed Indonesian forests lately. Despite this indignance, a good friend of mine turns out having a different opinion. He said that we are doomed anyway remembering a physics theory that the Universe tends to maximize entropies. I know that theory and I perfectly understand that we cannot avoid that: we will be eaten by a black hole, collapsed to a big asteroid, unable to get any more energy because all of the stars will die, or many other possibilities. Nonetheless, I guess I would prefer to die in a beautiful and clean place in a healthy condition rather than to die after being sick for years because of inhaling too much air pollutions. When we are going to be in chaos no matter what, we can, I believe, slow down that progress by consuming things less. I will explain this idea in three examples.