The recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have drawn the attention of the public, policymakers, practitioners, and scientists to the ethical implications of AI. Affective computing is among the sensitive topics, as it deals with human emotions and affect. Research and applications in this field are perceived to raise substantial risks. In this study, we conducted a thematic analysis of the ethical impact statements of 70 papers that are accepted to be presented at the ACII conference. Our aim was to explore how the affective computing research community perceives risks and concerns related to ethics in this field, and how they attempt to address and mitigate these risks. We report our findings of this thematic analysis along with an evaluation of the potential impact of the regulations such as The EU AI Act on the field of affective computing.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2023
Event11th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction - MIT media lab, Boston , United States
Duration: 10 Sept 202313 Sept 2023
Conference number: 11


Conference11th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction
Abbreviated titleACII2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • Ethics
  • AI
  • Affective Computing
  • Thematic analysis


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