A Protocol for Emotions

by   Gabriele Costa, et al.

We tend to consider emotions a manifestation of our innermost nature of human beings. Emotions characterize our lives in many ways and they chaperon every rational activity we carry out. Despite their pervasiveness, there are still many things we ignore about emotions. Among them, our understanding of how living beings transfer emotions is limited. In particular, there are highly sophisticated interactions between human beings that we would like to comprehend. For instance, think of a movie director who knows in advance the strong emotional impact that a certain scene will have on the spectators. Although many artists rely on some emotional devices, their talent and vision are still the key factors. In this work we analyze high-level protocols for transferring emotions between two intelligent agents. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first attempt to use communication protocols for modeling the exchange of human emotions. By means of a number of examples, we show that our protocols adequately model the engagement of the two parties. Beyond the theoretical interest, our proposal can provide a stepping stone for several applications that we also discuss in this paper.


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