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Houston's Book Club - Girl Decoded: A Scientist's Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology

Online • Houston • January 14, 2021

Join us as we discuss overcoming self doubt & embracing our ambition through the author's inspiring journey in a male dominated industry.

Thursday, January 14, 2021 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM CST


Welcome to Houston's Book Club! 

We are reading "Girl Decoded: A Scientist's Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology" this month. 

You don't have to be in tech, or even understand tech, in order to read the book. This book is about a woman's journey in overcoming self doubt and embracing ambition and the crucial role she played in the invention of artificial emotional intelligence in a male dominated industry.

All are welcome to join us even if you haven't had a chance to read the book. These meetings are a chance to network and learn from each other in a fun, casual setting. 

You can purchase the book through Amazon here

Synopsis: 

In a captivating memoir, an Egyptian American visionary and scientist provides an intimate view of her personal transformation as she follows her calling—to humanize our technology and how we connect with one another.

LONGLISTED FOR THE PORCHLIGHT BUSINESS BOOK AWARD 

“A vivid coming-of-age story and a call to each of us to be more mindful and compassionate when we interact online.”—Arianna Huffington


NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PARADE

Rana el Kaliouby is a rarity in both the tech world and her native Middle East: a Muslim woman in charge in a field that is still overwhelmingly white and male. Growing up in Egypt and Kuwait, el Kaliouby was raised by a strict father who valued tradition—yet also had high expectations for his daughters—and a mother who was one of the first female computer programmers in the Middle East. Even before el Kaliouby broke ground as a scientist, she broke the rules of what it meant to be an obedient daughter and, later, an obedient wife to pursue her own daring dream.

After earning her PhD at Cambridge, el Kaliouby, now the divorced mother of two, moved to America to pursue her mission to humanize technology before it dehumanizes us. The majority of our communication is conveyed through nonverbal cues: facial expressions, tone of voice, body language. But that communication is lost when we interact with others through our smartphones and devices. The result is an emotion-blind digital universe that impairs the very intelligence and capabilities—including empathy—that distinguish human beings from our machines.

To combat our fundamental loss of emotional intelligence online, she cofounded Affectiva, the pioneer in the new field of Emotion AI, allowing our technology to understand humans the way we understand one another. Girl Decoded chronicles el Kaliouby’s journey from being a “nice Egyptian girl” to becoming a woman, carving her own path as she revolutionizes technology. But decoding herself—learning to express and act on her own emotions—would prove to be the biggest challenge of all.



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Full Agenda

4:30pm - 4:45pm Networking

4:45pm - 5:25pm Book Discussion

5:25pm - 5:30pm Wrap Up


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