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"Emotional Labor" Technology Helps You Fake Enthusiasm

April 18, 2014, 12:12 AM

This is not an April Fool's Joke, but it should be. Researchers in Japan have solved the age old problem of having to pretend to be interested in something when you're not, and having to be polite to someone you don't like. Need to take a nap at work? Wearing a pair of AgencyGlass will help with that, too. 

These bulky glasses give you computer-generated eyeballs that react in socially acceptable ways to the people around you. Wear them and be prepared to be praised for being a wonderful, empathetic listener; that's the idea, anyway. 

Watch the video below to see this creepy-technology in action, and no, it's not a joke. For more information on AgencyGlass head over to The Huffington Post


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