Affective Fallacy

What if machines could hack our deepest emotions?

Chen Qiufan’s story conjures up a world of “AI villages” where feelings are meticuluously categorized and fed into a giant database. What does it mean to experience love and intimacy when our feelings are mediated by algorithms?

Story by Chen Qiufan

Artistic interpretation by Tarek Abbar

Translated into English by Emily Jin